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Hawsa humbles Khasanovea

By Rakesh Rao


Akash Thakur (right), who drew with IM Surya Shekar Ganguly in the Junior World chess championship at Panaji on Monday. — Photo: R.V. Moorthy

PANAJI DEC. 9. With all the focus on Koneru Humpy, younger sister Chandra Hawsa quietly went about her business as she destroyed eighth-seeded Russian Woman International Master Eimira Khasanovea.

In what was a stunning example of a lesser-known Indian playing far above her potential, Chandra Hawsa needed just 33 moves in Trompovsky opening to clinch the issue. The result was the biggest surprise in the girls' section as the World junior chess championship commenced at the Cidade de Goa here on Monday.

Much before the Guntur-girl recorded her biggest career-victory, the boys' section saw Surya Sekhar Ganguly spliting a point with compatriot Ankur Thakur. Showing no undue respect to the Grandmaster in-waiting, Thakur stuck to his plan in their Scotch game all the way to a 41-move draw.

Though Ganguly did try to take his rival away from the lines leading to a draw, Thakur was quick to exchange all major pieces. For the statistically inclined, Thakur's rating is 2257 as against Ganguly's 2531.

Even as most results came on expected lines, though the seventh seed P. Hari Krishna thrived on Swede Jonas Eriksson's mistake in time-pressure to win, Belarus' Dmitry Poliakov brought down fifth-seeded Russian Ernesto Inarkive in 48 moves.

National sub-junior runner-up Akshayraj Kore did very well to hold 24th seed, Israel's Roman Bar. After all, Kore's rating is 246 points less than his rival's.

Coming back to Chandra Hawsa's exploits, this bespectacled girl, with a rating of 2086, played a near-flawless game after choosing to castle on the queen's side and then launching a well-calculated assault on her rival's castled king on the opposite flank. Though Eimira (2325) tried to counter-attack with queen, rook and knight, Chandra Hawsa's hit-first-and-hit-hard policy proved decisive.

A little later, Humpy completed the formalities of opening her account against fellow-Indian Anoori Shah following a 40-move positional battle. With equal ease, Dronavalli Harika, the second best Indian bet in the field, also scored a no-nonsense victory over Silje Bjerke of Norway. However, Y. Pratibha was the only Indian girl to lose to a lower-ranked rival.

The results (Indians unless stated):

Boys: First round: Vikramaditya Kamble lost to Bu Xiangzhi (Chn); Levon Aronian (Arm) bt Preetham Sharma; Darban Barighani Motza (Ira) lost to Dmitri Yakovenko (Rus); Kamil Miton (Pol) bt Meylis Annaberdiev (Tkm); Dmitry Poliakov (Bela) bt Ernesto Inarkive (Rus); Emesto Timofeev (Rus) bt Luke Leong (Sin); Jonas Eriksson (Swe) lost to P. Hari Krishna; Luke McShane (Eng) bt P. Phoobalan (Hun); Steven Geirnaert (Bel) lost to Ferenc Berkes (Hun); Ni Hua (Chn) bt Sayantan Dutta; Akash Thakur drew with Surya Sekhar Ganguly; Sergei Azarov (Bela) bt Rishipal Singh; Stefan Macak (Slo) lost to Ehsan Ghaem Maghami (Ira); Sandipan Chanda bt Athula Russell (Sri); R. Siddharth lost to Vladimir Potkin (Rus); Sergie Erenburg (Isr) bt Rahul Sangma; Soumya Ranjan Misra lost to Mark Paragua (Phi); Dmitrios Mastrovasilis (Gre) drew with Lim Yee Went (Mal); Alexandre Vuilleumier (Swi) lost to Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Pol); S. Satyapragyan bt Nikhilesh Kumar; Harald Borchgrevink (Nor) drew with David Kjartansson (Ice); Stefen Kristjansson (Ice) bt G.N. Gopal; Wolfgang Sprenger (Aut) lost to Stefan Bromberger (Ger); Roman Bar (Isr) drew with Akshayraj Kore; Swapnil Hoble lost to S. Kidambi; Manuel Perez (Spn) bt Arjun Tiwari; Prateek Shriwas lost to Rustem Saykov (Kaz); Amon Simutowe (Zam) bt Gurpreet Singh Maras; Santul Kosmo (Fin) lost to David Smerdon (Aus); Bogdan Vioreanu (Rom) bt Boyomakesh Nayak; H.D. Jagdish lost to Yannick Gozzoli (Fra); Pontus Carsson (Swe) bt T.S. Pradeep; Graeme Kafka (Sco) lost to Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury; Neelotpal Das bt Sriram Sarja; R. Naveen lost to Sam Collins; Deepan Chakkravarthy bt Himanshu Kumar; Pranjal Phukan lost to Stephen Ginert; S. Poobesh Anand bt Edgar Pereira (Por); Wilson Cruz lost to Prathamesh Mokal; Asauskas Henrikas (Lit) bt J.S.S. Phanikant; Sajith Agarwal lost to Arghyadip Das; Li Qun (Chn) bt Francois Steenkamp (SAF); Nehal Shah (Ken) lost to G. Rohith.

Girls: First round: Koneru Humpy bt Anoori Shah; P. Priya lost to Tatiana Kosintseva (Rus); Natalia Pogonina (Rus) bt Maygozel Kurbanova (Tkm); Priyadarshini lost to Nadezhda Kosintseva (Rus); Eva Moser (Aut) bt Soumya Swaminathan; Anuprita Patil lost to Wang Yu (Chn); Zhao Xue (Chn) bt N. Vinuthna; Koneru Chandra Hawsa bt Eimira Khasanovea (Rus); Ana-Cristina Calotescu (Rom) bt C. Delphin; Margarida Coimbra (Por) lost to Tian Tian (Chn); Loulia Makka (Gre) bt Nabeela Farheen; Silje Bjerke (Nor) lost to Dronavalli Harika; Agnieszka Matras (Pol) bt J.E. Kavitha; H. Nilavoli lost to Sofya Zigangirova (Kaz); Leonie Helm (Ger) bt M. Rajadarshini; Delgado Defnae Trujillo (Spn) bt Y. Pratibha; Ekaerina Oubienykh (Rus) bt Sarune Lapinskaite (Lit); C.V. Rajalakshmi lost to Cindy Tsai (US); Tania Sachdev bt Nimmy George; Liyana Indeevarie (Sri) lost to Eesha Karavade; Sophie Millet (Fra) drew with Veronica Breen (Swe); Iara Santana (Bra) lost to Polina Churun (Bela); M. Kasturi bt Jennitha Anto; Ketaki Kulkarni bye.

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