Ganguly impresses, moves into sole lead

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly outplays Mastrovasilis Dmitros of Greece to take sole lead after the third round of World Junior Chess Championship.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan:

Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly did not let the gruel of playing two rounds in a day affect him as he outplayed Mastrovasilis Dmitros of Greece to jump into sole lead after the third round of the World Junior Chess Championship here. Five players followed Ganguly (3 points) on 2.5 points apiece - P Magesh Chandran, Alexander Zubov of Ukraine, Marcin Dziuba of Poland, Kritz Leonid of Germany and Rustem Sadykov of Kazakhstan. In the girls' championship, country's youngest Women International Master Dronavalli Harika continued with her winning ways and was in joint lead with four others with a cent percent score after the second round. Harika defeated Martina Valickova of Czech Republic in the second round. Asian Junior Champion Tania Sachdev moved to joint sixth position on 1.5 points after bouncing back with a win over Margiz Unudova (Azerbaijan). Tania had drawn her first game. Ganguly attacked aggressively and was justly rewarded. Playing white, the bronze medallist of the previous edition faced the Sicilian Taimanov by Mastrovasilis. An exponent of the opening himself, Ganguly was in for a surprise in the middle game as Mastrovasilis kept his king in the center and pushed his king bishop pawn that left irreparable weaknesses in his position. Going for the kill on the 27th move, Ganguly ripped apart black's defences and forced resignation five moves later. (PTI)

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