Javokhir Sindarov is still on the fast train! Today he won his fifth game - with black. It didn't look that way for a long time.
White was doing fine ('Probably it was a draw,' Sindarov said) until he played 34. Nd4 here (better 34.a3 or 34. Re4).
34... Bxb4 35. Qc2 Qd7 36. e6
Now 36. Nxb5 Bxe1 obviously favours Black. But Akash had missed something:
36... Qxd4! 37. exf7+ Kxf7 38. Rd1
The problem after 38. Rxe8 Bxe1 39. Rxe1? is 39... Rb2 and Black wins.
38... Rxe2 39. Qxe2 Re5 40. Qf3+ Kg7 0-1
A magnificent start for the 13-year-old Uzbek, who said he had been a little lucky. 'Also yesterday morning I was a little worse the first 30 moves, but then my opponent went wrong.'
Javokhir Sindarov in full focus
When asked whom he saw as his main rivals, his English wasn't yet good enough to understand... or perhaps Javokhir didn't want to reveal anything?