Mixed day at Asian Jr Chess championship

Top seed Anton Fillipov of Uzbekistan suffered a setback as he went down to Mesgen Amanov in the opening round of the 27th Asian Jr Chess c'ship.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Top seed and hot favourite Anton Fillipov of Uzbekistan suffered a huge setback in the opening round of the 27th Asian Junior Chess championship now underway. He went down to Mesgen Amanov of Turkmenistan. The Indians had an excellent start barring fourth seed Akshayraj Kore who was surprised by the technical expertise of Bahodir Kholmirzaev of Uzbekistan. While Kore suffered a setback, country's best hope and second seed here, International Master M R Venkatesh was in his elements cruising past compatriot K Nikhilesh Kumar. Crushing victory Former champion Deepan Chakravarthy was the other seed besides Rajasthani hope Abhijit Gupta who scored a crushing victory. Chakravarthy accounted for another compatriot Soumitra Majumdar in a one-sided battle but Gupta had to work harder to beat Nurdin Samakov of Kyrgyzstan. In the girls' section there were fewer surprises and top seed Woman Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika started her campaign in style - overriding N Sandhya who proved no match. Defending champion Y Pratibha was the other worthy winner in this section as she scored a clean victory over Amrutha Mokal. Swiss rules In other important games of the day, National Junior champion G N Gopal had it easy against Kartikey Batra while Malaysian Johan Iskandar Foudzi went down fighting against spirited International Master S Poobesh Anand. The championships played under FIDE's Swiss rules has 11 rounds in all to determine the winner. Apart from the coveted title, the winners in both the sections are entitled to the Grandmaster norm apart from the International master title. (PTI)