Purushothaman upsets top seed GM Negi in Asian junior chess

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Mumbai, Dec 14 (UNI) Third seeded IM Alavi Sayed Javad of Iran and fourth seeded IM Deep Sengupta of India are leading the field along with 9 other players on two points in the boys section after two days on a day which saw the top seed being upset in the Asian Junior Chess championship here today.

The Asian Junior Chess Championship sponsored by LIC and organised by Venus Chess Academy and conducted by Bombay Chess Association saw the top seed GM Parimarjan Negi upset by 18th seed Purushothaman T of India in a second round match in the boys section.

Playing with white pieces Purushothaman sacrificed d4 pawn in semi-slav defence to get rapid development of his pieces and got commanding position on the board after which Negi was forced to resign in 36 moves.

Rakesh Kulkarni of Thane who created a sensation yesterday in the first round by defeating 2nd seed Ashwin Jayaram of India continued his winning streak by defeating 16th seed Savarana Krishna.

In the girls section top seeded WIM Pourkashiyan Atousa of Iran was held by WIM Kritika Nadiq of India and 2 nd seeded WIM Kiran Monisha Mohanty was also held for draw by Padmini Rout of India.

Third seeded WIM Mary Ann Gomes along with WIM Soumya Swaminathan are leading the field with 2 points each followed by 6 players on 1.5 points.

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