p> Indian IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi continued his fine run as he defeated Croatian GrandSasa Martinovic to be in fourth position with 7.5 points while GM B. Adiban and GM S. P. Sethuraman were held to draws in the 11th round of
50th World Junior Chess Championship here on Saturday.
With two more rounds to go in the prestigious championship, Armenian GrandRobert Hovhannisyan continues to be the sole leader with nine points.
Hovhannisyan was held to a draw by Polish GrandSwiercz Dariusz on the top board. Dariusz was unable to breach the Berlin Wall adopted by Hovhannisyan.
Though he managed to win two pawns, the game soon petered out into an opposite colour Bishop ending where the two extra pawns did not matter much and truce was declared on 48th move.
On the second table, Indian GrandB Adhiban was held to a draw by yet another Armenian, Ter Sahakyan Samvel.
Adhiban, though playing black, took some calculated risks in a Sicilian Taimanov and even sacrificed a pawn right out of the opening.
But the Armenian Grandtook the game into a Rook ending and the game soon drew the game in 31 moves. Samvel is in the joint second place with 8.5 points alongwith Polish GM Swiercz Dariusz.
Adhiban is in the joint third place with eight points alongside Vasif Durarbeyli( AZE), Vladislav Kovalev( BLR) and American GrandRay Robson.
Indian GM SP Sethuraman played a fighting game, arising out of the sharp Richter Rauzer variation of Sicilian defence against American GM Ray Robson.
Sethuraman, playing black, slowly out maneuvered his opponent to win a pawn. But Ray Robinson fought back grimly to hold on to the position and finally held on to a draw in 72 moves.