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World Juniors 2018 Round 2: Karthikeyan, Aravindh, Harsha and Karthik on 2.0/2

by Sagar Shah - 07/09/2018

After two rounds of the World Junior Championships 2018 we have four Indian players who are on 2.0/2. They are GMs Aravindh Chithambaram, Karthikeyan Murali, Karthik Venkatraman and IM Harsha Bharathakoti. Abhimanyu Puranik, S.L. Narayanan, Nubairshah Shaikh are on 1.5/2. In the girls section we have Sakshi Chitlange, Ivana Maria Furtado and M. Mahalakshmi who are all on 1.5/2. The tournament is heating up and 7th of September will be double rounds. For now we bring you an interview with Karthikeyan Murali on how he was able to outplay his strong IM opponent from the black side of the two-knights Tango.

Check out the summary video of round two by IM Sagar Shah

Everyday the Indian team has to travel from Hotel Lamec to the playing hall in a bus. It takes roughly 20 minutes. Some prefer to relax, while others talk to each other! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Karthikeyan Murali won his second round against Barseghyan Harutyun | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Karthikeyan used some of his psychological tricks to outplay his strong opponent | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Karthikeyan speaks about his win and also the strong Iranian players

Aravindh Chithambaram showed some very good positional understanding and outplayed his opponent from the black side of the King's Indian Defence | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Abhimanyu showed great skills of resistance and drew the game in spite of being a piece down for two pawns | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Ivana Maria Furtado tried to attack her opponent in a creative manner. She did succeed to some extent, but in the end had to defend a worse endgame for many moves before the point was split. A good fighting game by the youngster. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Performance of Indian players after round 2:

SNoNameRtgFED12Pts.Rk.Group
4GMKarthikeyan Murali2605IND112,021Open
10GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2578IND112,012Open
13GMSunilduth Lyna Narayanan2573IND1½1,531Open
23GMPuranik Abhimanyu2524IND1½1,528Open
27IMKarthik Venkataraman2519IND112,013Open
40IMHarsha Bharathakoti2474IND112,017Open
50IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2443IND½11,545Open
56IMRaja Harshit2419IND101,071Open
77IMKrishna Teja N2356IND101,058Open
94FMShailesh Dravid2325IND011,095Open
12WIMChitlange Sakshi2279IND1½1,515Girls
21WIMMahalakshmi M2213IND½11,529Girls
32WIMVarshini V2173IND101,039Girls
36WIMIvana Maria Furtado2144IND1½1,523Girls
55WCMIsha Sharma2012IND101,038Girls
65Meenal Gupta1963IND½00,576Girls

 

7th of September is a double round and rounds three and four would be played on that day.


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