After her disappointing draw with a much lesser-rated rival in the second round, top seed Dinara Saduakassova was determined to bounce back. But, P.V. Nandhidhaa refused to oblige. The Tamil Nadu player, who played Larsen’s Opening, forced Dinara to split the point in the third round of the World junior girls’ chess championship here on a wet Wednesday evening.
Important results (third round): Vladislav Artemiev (Rus) 3 bt Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 2; Irakli Beradze (Geo) 2.5 drew with Jeffrey Xiong (USA) 2.5; Kirill Alekseenko (Rus) 2.5 drew with N.R. Visakh 2.5; Aravindh Chithambaram 2.5 drew with Xu Yi (Chn) 2.5; Bozidar Ivekovic (Cro) 2 lost to S.L. Narayanan 3; Nihal Sarin 1.5 lost to Rasmus Svane (Ger) 2.5.
Yu Yinglun (Chn) 2 drew with Rajdeep Sarkar 2; Karthikeyan Murali 2.5 bt M. Chakravarthi Reddy 1.5; Harsha Bharathakoti 2.5 bt Aryan Gholami (Ira) 1.5; Ankit Gajwa 1.5 lost to Masoud Mosadeghpour (Ira) 2.5; Anish Gandhi 2.5 bt Seyed Khalil Mousavi (Ira) 1.5.
Dennis Wagner (Ger) 1.5 drew with Rakesh Kumar Jena 2; Karthik Venkataraman 1 lost to Shardul Gagare 2; Shahin Lorparizangenesh (Ira) 2 bt N. Krishna Teja 1; Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 1 lost to R. Pragnananda 2; Utkal Ranjan Sahoo 1 lost to G. Akash 2.
Girls: Alina Bovil (Rus) 3 bt Michelle Catherina 2; Dinara Dordzhieva (Rus) 3 bt Karina Ivanova (Rus) 2; Ashritha Eswaran (USA) 2 lost to Janelle Mae Frayna (Phi) 3; Nataliya Buksa (Ukr) 3 bt G.K. Monisha 2; P.V. Nandhidhaa 2.5 drew with Dinara Saduakassova (Kaz) 2; Mobina Alinasab (Ira) 1.5 lost to Pratyusha Bodda 2.5; M. Mahalakshmi 1.5 lost to Paula Rodriguez Rueda (Col) 2.5; Parnali Dharia 2.5 bt Harshita Guddanti 1.5; Anna Styazhkina (Rus) 2 bt Priyanka Nutakki 1.5; R. Vaishali 2 bt Anysia Thomas (Fra) 1; K. Priyanka 2 bt Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya (Mgl) 1; Sakshi Chitlange 1.5 drew with Alessia Santerno (Ita) 1.5.
Saina Salonika 1.5 drew with Du Yuxin (Chn) 1.5; Hajra Chandreyee 1.5 drew with V. Varshini 1.5; R. Divya Lakshmi 2 bt Srija Seshadri 1.