Mary Ann Gomes in sight of Asian junior championship title

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Mumbai, Dec 18 (UNI) Mary Ann Gomes took the lead in the girls section with six points after six rounds in the Asian Junior Chess Championship, here today.

The championship is being sponsored by LIC, organised by Venus Chess Academy, hosted by Goregaon Sports Club and conducted by the Bombay Chess Association.

Mary Ann Gomes playing with black pieces defeated P Priya to move closer towards her maiden World Grand Master title and Asian junior championship.

In second place in the girls section were Kiran Monisha Mohanty and Padmini Rout, both with 4.5 points.

In the boys section, top seed Grand Master Parimarjan Negi, Ashwin Jayaram, Vishnu Prasanna and P Karthikeyan shared the lead with 5 points after six rounds followed by Deep Sengupta and Shyam Sunder with 4.5 points.

Playing with black pieces, Mary replied with French defence.

Priya pushed e5 and went into advanced variation. In the opening Priya made some weak moves and lost a pawn on the 21st move. In commanding position, Mary won the game on her 33rd move.

On second board, Padmini Rout played Sicilian Najdorf against S Harini. The position was equal in the middle game, but in the end game Padmini got advantage and converted it into a win for her in 47 moves.

In the boys section, on the first board, Ashwin Jayaram adopted Sicilian Najdorf against Vishnu Prasanna. The game was always equal in the opening and middlegame. But Ashwin played brilliantly in the endgame and won in 55 moves.

On the second board, top seed Grand Master Parimarjan Negi playing with black against M R Lalithbabu, started the game with Nf3 and then converted it into English opening. Parimarjan was having slight advantage in the opening. On 14th move Lalithbabu played Nh4, which trapped his Bishop. After 20th moves Lalithbabu resigned.

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