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Viji almost assured of title

Mumbai, April 26 (PTI): WGM S. Vijayalakshmi (6.5) scored a sensational win over Chinese GM Zhang Peng Xiag (5.5) in the ninth and penultimate round of the Commonwealth chess meet on Saturday.

She is almost assured of the womenís title with a round to spare as her closest competitor D. Harika (5.5) squandered a promising position against Greek GM Vasilios Kotronios (6.5).

Vietnam GM Nguyen Anh Dung (8) scored a breathtaking win over Asian champion K. Sasikiran (6) of India to surge ahead in the menís field.

GM Dibyendu Barua (7) outwitted Uzbek Marat Dzumaev (6) with white pieces. Barua needs just a draw in the last round to claim a medal.

Harika missed an opportunity to bag a gold when she went down fighting to Kotronios (6). Harika had a comfortable position and she missed several promising continuations against Kotronios. Sasikiran (6) tried to win a game from a position that would have earned him a draw at the most and paid when Dung won a couple of pawns.

GMs Surya Sekhar Ganguly (6.5) and P. Harikrishna (6.5) kept within striking distance of Barua and have good chances of reaching the podium.

RESULTS (Ninth round) ó Kasimzhanov Rutom (7) drew with Viadimirov Evgeny (6.5); Maxim Sorokim (6.5) drew with Iuldachev Saidali (6.5); Sherbakov Ruslan (6) drew with Abhijit Kunte (6); Rausis Lgors (6) drew with Reefat Bin Sattar (6); Pravin Thipsay (5.5) drew with Ravi Hegde (5.5); S. Sudhakar Babu (5) drew with Lanka Ravi (5); Dibyendu Barua (7) beat Dzhumaev Marat (6); P. Harikrishna (6.5) beat Safin Shukhrat (5.5); S. Vijayalaxmi (6.5) bt Zhang Peng Ziang (5.5); S.S. Ganguly (6.5) bt Sriram Jha (5.5); Rahman Ziaur (6) bt Murshed Niaz (5); Anupama Gokhale (5) bt Chandrashekhar Gokhale (4).

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