CHENNAI: GM R Praggnanandhaa drew his seventh round game against Semen Khanin at the World junior championships in New Delhi on Monday. The contest, which saw Praggu play with the black, concluded in 41 moves.
The stalemate took Praggu’s tally to 5 points. Praggu will be taking on Santos Ruiz Miguel in round 8 on Tuesday. Santos moved to the second spot after registering a comprehensive win over Haria Ravi in 29 moves.
The lead in the competition was with Evgeny Shtembuliak who defeated Aram Hakobyan in 53 moves. Evgeny now has 6 points to his name while Aram remains on 5. Evgeny takes on Shant Sargsyan, while Aram faces Semen.
Top seed Amin allowed to play:
The top seed in the tournament – Iran’s Amin Tabatabaei – was on the verge of being barred from the competition after having failed to turn up for his sixth round clash against Israeli Or Bronstien on Saturday.
When the first list of round 7 pairings arrived, Amin’s name was missing from the list. However, the Iranian team management met up with the Appeals Committee to sort things out.
“After the incident on Saturday, we didn’t want Amin to be part of the competition. However, the Iranian delegation had a meeting with the Appeals Committee and it was then decided to rework the round 7 pairings and Amin’s name was included,” said an official.
Amin – who played with white – defeated Ganzorig Amartuvshin in 58 moves. Amin has 4 points to his name and will be taking on Raja Harshit in the 8th round.