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Girish Koushik in lead in World under-10 meet

Written by: Staff

Chennai, Oct 26 (UNI) Girish Koushik of Mysore leads the World under-10 Chess Championship by two full points after he won an eight round game against second seed and local favourite Irakli Beradze at Batumi in Georgia today.

Three rounds remain to be played in the championship.

Girish won all his eight games so far. India is hoping for a sweep of the podium in this section. Six of the seven players who are tied for the second place behind Girish are from India, a press release from AICF said.

Ch Mohineesh of Visakhapatnam and Ivana Furtado of Goa are leading the Open under-8 and Girls under-8 sections by slender half point margins. Overall, the eighth round was not pleasant for the Indians as they lost the sole lead in the Girls Under-18 section and also the shared lead in the Open under-12 section.

In boys Open Under-18 G Rohit and S Arun Prasad played out a draw to move to five points and share the seventh place. They would have to win all their remaining three games to win a medal.

In open under-16 Aswin Jayaram is tied for the twelfth place on five points. Sai Srinivas (4.5) and S P Sethuraman (4) are behind and have lost medal chances.

In open under-14, B Adhiban of Chennai played a draw with lower rated Federico Perez of Argentina to reach 5.5 points where he shares the eighth place.

In open under-12, defending champion N Srinath slipped from joint lead to joint second place as he earned a draw. Illya Nyzhnyk of Ukraine moved into sole lead with seven points from eight games.

In open under-10 Girish Koushik won yet again to reach eight points from eight games and stretch his lead to two full points.

Girish beat second seed Irakli Beradze of Georgia who is rated 90 Elo than him. In the second place on six points are seven players and six of them are from India, Sayantan Das, Komiri Vijaya Kanth, R Eswar, G V Sai Krishna, Y V K Chakravarthi, Abhilash Reddy. A further half point below on 5.5 are Mugil Jayavel and Shiven Khosla.

In Open Under-8 Ch Mohineesh played a draw with the black pieces and this allowed his lead to reduce from one point to half point. He leads with 7.5 out of eight games. Prince Bajaj is tied for the third-fourth places in this section with 6.5 points.


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