Negi joint second in Asian chess

Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam): Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi continued his winning ways and dumped Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia to jump to joint second spot after the end of the fifth round of Asian continental chess championship here.

It was an excellent victory for Negi with white pieces from an Alekhine defense game employed by Susanto.
Banking himself to get a long term advantage, Negi secured the Bishop pair against two knights and then exchanged pieces at will to reach better endgame.

Susanto had no defense once the position opened a little and the Indonesian caved in once Negi threatened to march his pawns to glory.

The victory took Negi to 4 points out of a possible five and it has been a perfect outing for the Delhi boy barring the debacle in the second round. With four more rounds to come, Yu Yangyi of China is in sole lead on 4.5 points and Negi meets him in next round.

The other fancied Indian Abhijeet Gupta also continued his way forward at the expense of another Indonesian Novita Anjas. Gupta went for the Moller variation in the Ruy Lopez as black, exchanged pieces at will to get a better endgame and squeezed out the defensive resources in routine fashion.

With 3.5 points to his credit, Gupta is also in reckoning but much depends on his performance in the next two rounds.

S P Sethuraman succumbed to another loss in the event when he could not use the white pieces to better use against Dao Thein Hai of Vietnam. After a good start, Sethuraman now needs a miracle to be back in hunt as he remains on 2.5 points.

Making a recovery of sorts was former national champion B Adhiban who secured three points after defeating Ma Qun of China, while G N Gopal conceded a draw against Wang Chen, also of China.