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5 - 20 October 2014 | Pune | India

Final Round Results -  OPEN  GIRLS
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Round 13 Games -  OPEN  GIRLS
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Round 8 - ‚ÄčA Day Of Upsets

Padmini Rout's unbeaten stint was spoiled by top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina much to the disappointment of the Indian camp in the 8th round of the LIC World Junior Girls Chess Championship which continued after a day's rest at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. In fact the Girls section was dominated by the higher rated Russians in fray with Daria Pustovoitova also defeating Anna Iwanow of Poland. Both the Russian girls along with Anna Iwanow of Peru are jointly leading the 77 player event with 6.5 points each. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is trailing the leader by half a point while Padmini remains on 5.5 points.

In fact, collectively it was not a good outing for Indians playing on top boards as Ivana Maria Furtado also ended on the losing side against third seed Sarasadat Khademalsharieh. Rucha Pujari, Shweta Gole. Sakshi Chitalange, Sahej Grover, Shardul Gagare were other prominent Indian losers today.

In the Open section sole leader Jorge Cori was upset by Karen Grigoryan of Armenia while Lu Shanglei of China defeated higher rated Benjamin Bok of Netherland and both winners are jointly leading the 110 player field with 6.5 points each. S Narayanan needing a draw to make a GM norm was struggling in an inferior position to try and salvage a draw against Chinese GM Wei Yi at the time of going to press.

Padmini mishandled the Stonewall variation of the Dutch Defence against Goryachkina and the Russians rooks, queen and knight were soon threatening a major offensive on the King-side, right from the early middle-game stages. Padmini's queen and rook were virtually out of play stranded on the queenside and her castle was broken. A wrong central pawn push on the 25th turn by Padmini suddenly opened up the gates towards her King and Goryachkina crashed through to pocket the point after 34 moves.

Five more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Vidit Gujrathi was one of the early finishers scoring a rapid 34 move victory over Matej Blazeka of Croatia..

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