Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan): Grandmaster Surya Sekhar Ganguly settled for truce with Alexander Zubov of Ukraine and was joint second after Round VI of the world junior chess championship .
Local hope Kadir Guseinov moved into sole lead with five points. Half a point adrift is Surya, top seed Shakhriyaz Mamedyarov, Vugar Gashimov (both Azerbaijan), Izoria Zviad (Georgia) and Zubov.
GM P. Harikrishna took his tally to four after drawing with Jan Werle of Poland. P. Magesh Chandran suffered his second loss in the meet, losing to Vugar Gashimov of Kazakhstan.
National junior champion Abhijit Gupta recovered from a loss to teammate S. Arun Prasad in the fifth round and accounted for Urfan Sevdimaliev of Azerbaijan in the sixth. Prasad, on the other hand, drew his sixth round game with Georgian Levan Pantsulaia to take his tally to 3.5. Asian under-14 champion G. Rohit scalped Canadian Wang Hao Yuan.
In the girls’ section, IWM Dronavalli Harika registered a smashing victory over Shahna Agaeva of Azerbaijan. Harika took the sole second spot behind top seed Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia. Nana recorded her fourth straight victory to remain half a point ahead.
Asian junior champion Tania Sachdev drew with Ekaterina Ubiennykh of Russia in a game of fluctuating fortunes.