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Srinath, Bodda lead in Asian Junior chess

Chennai, June 18 (Calcutta Tube) Former World under-12 champion and International Master N. Srinath of India emerged sole leader with four points at the end of the fourth round of the Asian junior chess championship here Friday by defeating IM K. Priyadarshan.

In second place are four Indians – IMs Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, M.R. Lalith Babu, M. Shyam Sundar and untitled Anwesh Upadhyaya – with 3.5 points apiece.

Meanwhile, Pratyusha Bodda of India extended her winning streak by defeating higher rated WFM Tay Li Jin Jesling of Singapore in 47 moves to take the lead with a tally of four points.

Also on four points was WFM Vo Thi Kim Phung of Vietnam who beat WFM R Bharathi of India.

The results (fourth round):

Boys: Narayanan Srinath 4 points bt Priyadharshan K 3; Adhiban B 2.5 lost to Shyam Sundar M 3.5; Pascua Haridas (PHI) 2.5 lost to Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 3.5; Lalith Babu MR 3.5 bt Shyam Nikil P 2.5; Nitin S 3 drew Sethuraman S P 3; Anwesh Upadhyaya 3.5 bt Das Sayantan 2.5; Debashis Das 3 drew Krishna CRG 3; Ashwin Jayaram 3 bt Ashwath R 2; Narayanan K 3 bt Swapnil S Dhopade 2; Shamsi Mohammad Hossein (Iran) 2.5 drew Karthikeyan P 2.5; Navalgund Niranjan 2 lost to Darini Pouria (Iran) 3; Gagare Shardul 2.5 drew Akkozov Berik (KAZ) 2.5; Saravana Krishnan P 2.5 drew Sai Krishna GV 2.5; Shreyans K Shah 2.5 drew Arun Karthik R 2.5; Rajesh VAV 2 lost to Lokesh P 3.

Girls: Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE) 4 bt Bharathi R 3; Tay Li Jin Jeslin (SIN) 3 lost to Pratyusha Bodda 4; Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) 3.5 bt Padmini Rout 2.5; A Akshaya 2.5 lost to Bhakti Kulkarni 3; Mohana Priya J 2 lost to Hejazipour Mitra (Iran) 3; Cholleti Sahajasri 3 bt Gagare Shalmali 2; Pon Nkrithika 3 bt Nandhidhaa PV 2; Harini S 3 bt Kotepalli Sai Nirupama 2; Afshar Niusha (Iran) 2 lost to Preethi R 3; Mitali Madhukar Patil 2.5 drew Michelle Catherina P 2.5; Sithalatchumi A 2 lost to Khademalsharieh Sarasadat (Iran) 2.5; Saranya J 2 drew Nur Najiha Hisham (MAS) 2; Lakshmi Praneetha K 2.5 bt Poojakanth M 1.5; Premanath Dinushki (SRI) 2 drew Bernales Christy Lamiel (PHI) 2; Salini R 2.5 bt Savetha CH 1.5.

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