Grover picks up full point in world junior chess

August 5th, 2011 - 10:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 5 (IANS) Warming the Indian hearts, Delhi-based International Master Sahaj Grover (3.5) scored a facile victory over FIDE Master Petrisor Adrian-Marian of Romania in the fourth round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior and 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships here Friday.

Israeli Grandmaster Tamir Nabaty went down to International Master Rombaldoni Axel of Italy, on the second board. The win took Rombaldoni Axel to sole lead with 4.0 points.

Following the leader with 3.5 points were GM Ivan Salgado Lopez of Spain, Polish International Master Piorun Kacper and Grover, among others.

The elegant win takes Grover to 3.5 points, keeping him in contention for the top slot as also for a Grandmaster Norm. The Modern Defence game started off in an unusual way, with Grover choosing to take a position with a tripled pawn as early as the sixth move.

A queenless middle game saw white holding a big space advantage which Grover marshalled nicely. The ensuing rook and minor pieces ending went in favour of the Indian, as Adrian-Marian found he could not stop the march of the “c” pawn. The game lasted 24 moves.

In another good result for India, Karnataka boy GA Stany held Grandmaster Sasha Martinovic to a draw. The Nimzo Indian game, saw the Croatian Grandmaster holding a slight edge in the middle game. Stany faced the battery of twin bishops, but managed to take the rook and minor piece end game to safety.

Peace was signed after 33 moves in a roughly equal position. A second straight draw against a Grandmaster places Stany in a better position as he moves towards his Grandmaster Norm.

The top seed Russian Grandmaster Maxim Matlakov drew with Indian International Master K Priyadharshan to drop a further half a point. Facing lower-rated Indians in all the four rounds, Maxim found the going tough, as he could score a lone victory against three draws. With his high rating at stake, Maxim is sure to come up with some surge in the next few rounds.

In the girls section, India’s Padmini Rout had a pawn advantage against the top seed Woman Grandmaster Nazi Paikidze, but could not make much headway.

At the fifth hour of play, Padmini and her Georgian opponent had two minor each, with Padmini looking for a breakthrough in a closed position. It never came through and the Orissa girl, settled for a draw.

Woman Grandmaster Girya Olga of Russia leads the pack with 4.0 points from as many rounds, followed by Rout, Paikidze Nazi (Georgia), Bulmaga Irina (Romania), Cori T Deysi (Peru) and Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kazakhastan).

The results (Round 4, Open, Indians unless specified): Salgado Lopez Ivan (Spain) 3.5 drew Piorun Kacper (Poland) 3.5, Nabaty Tamir (Israel) 2.5 lost to Rombaldoni Axel (Italy) 4, Robson Ray (USA) 2.5 lost to Goganov Aleksey (Russia) 3.5, Roganovic Milos (Serbia) 3 drew Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia) 3,Urkedal Frode (Norway) 3 drew Swiercz Dariusz (Poland) 3, Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu (Azerbaijan) 3 drew Kovalev Vladislav (Belarus) 3 Martinovic Sasha (Croatia) 3 drew Stany GA 3, Huschenbeth Niclas (Germany) 3.5 bt Getz Nicolai (Norway) 2.5, Sahaj Grover 3.5 bt Petrisor Adrian-Marian (Romania) 2.5, Lalith Babu MR 3 drew Janev Tihomir (Bulgaria) 3.

Girls: Padmini Rout (3.5) drew Paikidze Nazi (Georgia) 3.5, Bulmaga Irina (Romania) 3.5 drew Cori T Deysi (Peru) 3.5, Girya Olga (Russia) 4 bt Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (Azerbaijan) 3, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kazakhastan) 3.5 bt Agrest Inna (Sweden) 2, Kulkarni Bhakti, 2.5 drew Deur Saric Zrinka (Croatia) 2.5, Eric Jovana (Serbia) 2.5 drew Forestier Carole (France) 2.5, Ozturk Kubra (Turkey) 2.5 drew Imeeva Aisa (Russia)2.5, Nandhidhaa P V 3 bt WIM Hoang Thi Nhu Y (Vietnam) 2, Pon N Krithika 2.5 drew Dogodkina Julia (Russia) 2.5, Semenova Elena (Russia) 3 bt WIM Heredia Serrano Carla (Ecuador) 2.

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