Negombo (Sri Lanka): Mary Ann Gomes drew her second-round game with J. Rajasuriya in the Asian junior chess championship here on Sunday. Mary Ann, who got off to a winning start, now has 1.5 points.
Defending boys’ champion Deepan Chakravarthy maintained his clean slate when he got the better of fellow-Indian Himanshu Kumar.
Other Indians to post victories were Magesh Chandran, P. Mokal, Poobesh Anand, Akshay Raj Kore and G. Rohit. Deep Sengupta suffered a shocking loss to Iranian Akrania Seyed Arash.
Chandran outwitted compatriot Abhijit Gupta while Vietnam’s Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son continued to impress with an excellent end-game win over Indian Arun Prasad.
The most impressive perfomance came from 13-year old Nguyen as he eked out a win from a drawish ending.
WIM Dronavali Harika maintained her lead in girls’ event. Harika was involved in an interesting queen, rook and bishop ending with H. Nilavoli and came out with a stunning exchange sacrifice that did her fellow-Indian in.
Y. Prathiba, Krutika Nadig and Tania Sachdev also pocketed the full point. J. Kavitha, N. Vinuthna and Saheli Nath lost their respective matches. (PTI)