Nick Chernih stemmed the flow of losses last night when he managed to draw against Alan Borda. A few boards up, the other Aussie in the Junior section, Tomek Rej, was outplayed by Iranian FM Sayed Alavi and lost in 43 moves.
Shannon Oliver posted her first win by overcoming Belgian Sarah Dierckens. The Canberran now has a total of 2 points after 5 rounds.
The Philippines'John-Paul Gomez had a setback yesterday when he lost to Russian FM Roman Nechepurenko. It was another long encounter for the Pinoy as the game lasted 83 moves. Gomez remains on 2.5 points. His next assignment is India's Rahul Sarma.
1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nf3 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. O-O Bg4 8. Re1 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Ne4 Be7 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Nb6 13. Bb3 a5 14. a4 Nc8 15. Ng3 Bg5 16. Bxg5 Qxg5 17. d4 Nd6 18. h4 Qf6 19. dxe5 Nxe5 20. Qxf6 gxf6 21. Nh5 Ng6 22. Nxf6+ Kg7 23. Ne4 Ra6 24. Nxd6 Rxd6 25. g3 Rb6 26. Bc4 Kf6 27. Re2 Ne5 28. Ba2 Rd8 29. Rc1 Rbd6 30. Bb3 Nd3 31. Rd1 Nc5 32. Rxd6+ Rxd6 33. Bc2 Rb6 34. Bd1 Rd6 35. Bc2 Rb6 36. Bxh7 Nxa4 37. h5 Nxb2 38. Bc2 Nc4 39. Re4 Ne5 40. h6 Ng6 41. Re8 Rb2 42. Be4 Re2 43. Kf1 1-0
Yuriy Kryvoruchko and Nikita Vitiugov continue to lead the Junior section on 4.5 points after yesterday drawing their individual match-up. The nearest group of chasers, that includes China's Wang Hao and Dutchman Daniel Stellwagen, are on 4 points. While in the Girls, Mongolia's Bathuyag Mongontuul is the sole leader on 4.5 points after 5 rounds.