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Since 1st March, 1999
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Surya back in reckoning

Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan): GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly bounced back into reckoning for a medal with a crushing victory over Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia in the 11th round of the world juniors chess championship here.

Top seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan remained at the top of the tables after a draw with Sergei Azarov of Belarus in a Ruy Lopez game lasting 26 moves. Mamedyarov has 8.5 points in his kitty with just two more rounds remaining in this 50-player championship.

Azarov and Sergey Erenburg of Israel followed the leader on 8 points while Surya Sekhar, seeded fifth, moved to joint fourth place on 7.5 points along with Kadir Guseinov of Azerbaijan.

The other Indian hope GM P. Harikrishna tried hard but failed to break the defences of Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan and had to settle for a truce after a long-drawn battle. Harikrishna, on 7 points with five other players, is still in with a chance for a medal should he do well in the remaining games.

In the girls section, Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia (8.5) stretched her lead by a 2-point margin outclassing Azerbaijanís Afag Khudaverdieva.

Dronavalli Harika received a jolt in her quest for a silver after she went down fighting to Ekaterina Ubiennykh of Russia. Harika slipped to joint third spot along side Ubiennykh and Cristina Calotescu of Romania.

Asian junior girls champion Tania Sachdev drew with compatriot Eesha Karavade and took her tally to 5.5 points. (PTI)

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