Abhijit Gupta beats Vietnamese opponent

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Abhijit Gupta inflicts a double defeat on erstwhile sole leader Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam in the 27th Asian Juniors chess championship in Bikaner.

Abhijit Gupta beats Vietnamese opponent

Bikaner:

Rajasthani talent Abhijit Gupta stole the round six honours by inflicting a double defeat on erstwhile sole leader Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam in the 27th Asian Juniors chess championship here. Van Huy, who had lost against Poobesh Anand in the fifth round yesterday, failed to match the tactical skills of Gupta who appeared in the best of forms with his white pieces. Meanwhile, as International Master S Poobesh Anand and former National sub-junior champion S Arun Prasad agreed for a draw. Gupta joined them in lead along with former champion IM Deepan Chakravarthy on 4.5 points out of a possible 6. Arghyadip Das, a product of Goodricke National Chess Academy from Kolkata is half point adrift of the leading group on 4 points along with Huy while top seed Anton Fillipov of Uzbekistan leads the challenge of 3.5 pointers. Five more rounds remain in this prestigious annual event that determines the best under-20 player in the Asian region. The girls' section witnessed a real twist in the tale as an unassuming Soumya Swaminathan defeated sole leader Hoand Thi bao Tram of Vietnam. Following the unexpected result, Women Grandmaster D Harika joined Tram in lead on five points after six rounds with a finely crafted victory over compatriot Kruttika Nadig. Now that it has become a race for the title between Harika and Tram, it remains to be seen who is more determined not to lose it. Sunday is the only rest day in the event and the battle for title in both the sections will resume tomorrow. (PTI)

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