Negi draws against fancied opponent

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

India's Candidate International Master Parimarjan Negi stole day one honours in the World Juniors Chess championship.

Istanbul:

India's Candidate International Master Parimarjan Negi stole day one honours in the World Juniors Chess championship after holding second seeded Grandmaster Evgeny Alekseev of Russia to a creditable draw in the first round. Many of the Indians were off to a flier in both the open and girls' section on the opening day which also saw top seed and former champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan cruising past Marko Krivokapic of Serbia. Among the Indians, GM norm holder Deep Sengupta played a fine game to outclass Cil Hasan Kivanc of Turkey while G Rohit and S Poobesh Anand accounted for Faut Uzun of Turkey and Emil Agdestein of Norway respectively. On the flip side, Akshat Khamparia and National Junior champion G N Gopal were among those who tasted defeats. Khamparia was on the receiving end of Mateusz Bartel of Poland while Finnish Grandmaster Tomi Nyback outdid Gopal. In the girls' event being organised simultaneously, country's latest Woman Grandmaster Eesha Karavade took off with a fine victory over compatriot N Raghavi. Eesha, the lone seeded player from India, was in her elements in the first game. Raghavi in fact, was the only one to lose among five Indian girls. However, country's best bet D Harika also failed to make most of her opportunities and drew with Viktoria Bashkite of Estonia. (PTI)

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