Grandmaster-elect Sahaj Grover fought hard but had to settle for a draw with Yaroslav Zherebukh of Ukraine to bow out of medal contention in the World Junior Chess Championship after the 12th and penultimate round that concluded in Athens.
A bronze medallist last time, 16-year-old Sahaj gave a good shot in the opening but fell wayward as the game progressed and in the end was lucky to escape with a half point that signalled the end of his medal aspirations.
At the top of the table, Richard Rapport of Hungary and Alexander Ipatov of Turkey remained in joint lead on 9.5 points following draws in contrasting fashion. Rapport struggled in the initial stages but struck back in the end to equalise and finally sign peace with Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia while Ipatov looked slightly better before he too signed peace with Chinese talent Wei Yi.
Chadha takes lead
Colombo: Abhijit Chadha shot a six-under par round of 65 to take the lead on the opening day of the Standard Chartered Open at the Royal Colombo Open on Wednesday. One shot off the lead were Kapil Kumar and Vinod Kumar, both of whom shot five-under 66s, with Rashid Khan and Sanjay Kumar a shot back on 67.
Local star Anura Rohana, winner of last week's PGTI Players' Championship event in Bangalore, finished three shots off the lead on 68, a score he shares with Shamim Khan.