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5 - 20 October 2014 | Pune | India

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Round 5 - India's Nandhindhaa P V and Ivana Maria registers win and are among joint leaders

Less fancied Indians once again stole the thunder in the fifth round of the LIC World junior Chess Championship being played at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. Nandhidhaa Pv created a sensational upset by defeating IM Meri Arabidze of Georgia, an opponent rated and titled much higher than her while 15-year-old Maria Ivana Furtado shocked Nguyen Thi Mai Hung to emerge joint leaders. S L Narayanan created another big ripple by shocking GM Vladislav Kovalek of Belarus.





Top rated Indian in fray Vidit Santosh Gujrathi was once again forced to split point with N Srinath which incidentally is his third draw in succession. In the Girls section Padmini Rout drew against Sarasadat Khademaisharieh. At the time of going to press, Padmini, Maria, Nandhidhaa and five others were jointly sharing lead with four points and a few games were in progress.





In the Open section S Narayanan, Lu Shangiel have tallied 4.5 points but the top board game between sole leader Cori Jorge and Sei Yi was in progress at the time of going to press with the Chinese enjoying a better position.



Former double World Under-8 Champion showed remarkable maturity in ​​ manoeuvring her pieces in a closed position against higher rated Nguyen Thi Mai Hung to pocket a point. The Irregular Opening resulted in heavy concentration of pieces at the centre where the Vietnames erred. The Goa based Maria immediately forced the retreat of her opponent's defensive pieces and infiltrated with her knight. Nguyen's position started crumbling and Maria's queen and the second knight too joined the action to start weaving a checkmating net to romp home the victory after 31 moves. " I just played normally and once my opponent made a mistake in the closed position, I gained entry into her territory" beamed Maria.



The French Defence-Tarrasch variation encounter between Vidit and Srinath was a rather tame affair with periodic exchange of pieces and predictably petered into a draw after 47 moves with just two Kings and a pawn each on board. Srinath later explained " I made a mistake in the Opening and thereafter had no choice but to try and gain equality which I managed by forcibly exchanging pieces".



Irina Petrukhina of Russia opted for the Sicilian defence against Ioana Gelip but paid the penalty for not castling. Ioana castled on the queen-side and bulldozed through her opponent's defence to set up a checkmating net with her queen and rook in a miniature lasting just 20 moves.

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