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Indian youngsters impress in Abu Dhabi Masters

Press Trust of India  |  Abu Dhabi 

India's suffered a shock defeat but young D Gukesh held highly-regarded Grandmaster Valdimir Akopian of to a creditable draw in the second round of Masters tournament here today.

Highest-rated Indian Grandmaster, Abhijeet went for the French defense and made a costly middle game error to eventually go down to Gumay Mammadzada of

However, it turned out to be a good day for young Indian players as Raunak Sadhwani also put up an excellent contest to draw with Egyptian Grandmaster Ahmed Adly, while Arjun Kalyan, who is fresh from his maiden GM norm, split the point with of

FIDE master V S Rathanvel also continued with his dream start to hold higher-ranked Nodirbek Abdusattarov of

Rathanvel had caused the biggest upset of the opening round, defeating top seed Le Quang Liem of in this super-open where 88 Indians are participating out of a total 158 participants.

With seven rounds still to go in one of the strongest open of Asia, Vishnu Prasanna, Aravindh Chathambaram, S L Narayanan, remain in the leading group with a perfect score. As many as 20 players share the lead.

The third round will see some fine clashes lined up as Narayanan will meet highly-rated of China, Chathambaram will fancy his chances against of while has set up a contest with FIDE of England, a former contender.

Important and Indian results round 2 (Indians unless stated): (Geo, 2) beat (1); Swapnil S. Dhopade (1) lost to (Chn, 2); (Rus, 2) beat (1); P Iniyan (1) lost to Dubov Daniil (Rus, 2); (1.5) drew with (Arm, 1.5); R R Laxman (1.5) drew with (Ukr, 1.5); (Eng, 2) beat S Nitin (1); D Gukesh (1.5) drew with (Arm, 1.5); (Iri, 2) beat Sundararajan Kidambi (1); Adly Ahmed (Egy, 1.5) drew with Raunak Sadhwani (1.5); (1.5) drew with Lupulescu Constantin (Rou, 1.5); Gunay Mammadzada (Aze, 2) beat (1); Dimakiling Oliver (Phi, 1) lost to Aravindh Chithambaram (2); S L Narayanan.(2) beat N (1); (1.5) drew with (Rou, 1.5); Soumya Swaminathan (1.5) drew with Alexandr Fier (Bra, 1.5); Chinmay Kulkarni (1) lost to (2); Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZb, 1.5) drew with V S Rathanvel (1.5); V S Raahul (1.5) drew with M R Lalith Babu (1.5); V (2) beat Jeet Jain (1); Rakshitta Ravi (1) lost to Erigaisi Arjun (2).

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 20:50 IST