Joint lead in world junior chess
The dream run of Girish Koushik continued as he defeated Swedish Grandmaster Gandelius Nils in the eighth round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior and 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships in Chennai on Wednesday, scoring his fourth successive win against a Grandmaster.
Koushik now shares the lead with Hovhannisyan Robert (Armenia) at 7.0 points. In the process, he achieved his maiden Grandmaster Norm and will now set his eyes on the crown.
Overnight leader, Italian International Master Rombaldoni lost his first game of the event to Armenian GM Hovhannisyan Robert.
The Sicilian game saw the Italian conceding an early space advantage to Hovhannisyan. By move 22, Rombaldoni was a pawn down, with a shaky position to defend.
Steady exchange of pieces saw the Armenian improving the position. The resultant rook and bishop ending, with two pawns downs and one more about to fall saw Italian throwing in the towel.
The game lasted 34 moves. Rombaldoni, despite the defeat, achieves a nine-game GM Norm and he shares the third spot at 6.5 points, along with Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia).
Koushik accounted for the Swede Nils in 36 moves. An early exchange sacrifice in the Grunfeld game by Nils took the game to unclear territory.