Top-seed V. Pranav (7.5 points) of Tamil Nadu, making a strong bid to clinch the title, playing on the top board with white pieces, registered a well-earned win over overnight joint leader and ninth seed AIM Kaushik G. Iyer (7 points) in 50 moves and emerged as the sole leader after eight rounds, at the end of the penultimate day of the All-India U-15 (boys & girls) FIDE Rating Open Chess Tournament, conducted by Mysore Chess Club here yesterday.
Three players, Kaushik Iyer (Karnataka), Tejas Suresh Kumar (Karnataka) and Thiyagarajan Tamilselvi (Tamil Nadu) are tied with seven points each from eight rounds and are placed second, third and fourth respectively in the placings.
In the second board, overnight joint leader Jinan Joman (6 points) of Kerala faltered in his end game and was shocked by Karnataka’s Tejas Suresh Kumar in a keen tussle for supremacy.
Eighth Round: V. Pranav (7.5) bt AIM Kaushik G. Iyer (7); Jinan Joman (6) lost to Tejas Suresh Kumar (7); Shree Krishna Pranama (6) lost to Thiyagarajan Tamilselvi (7); Sanjana Raghunath (5.5) lost to Keshav Kothari (6.5); AIM Komal Srivatsav Sajja (6.5) bt Abhuday Santhosh (5.5); Arhan Chethan Anand (6.5) bt AFM Nirupam Gogoi (5.5), Nachiketh Adiga (5.5) lost to V. Meenatchi Rajam (6.5); Tejas Cavale (5.5) lost to S. Ragul Saro (6.5); H.G. Pragnya (6) drew Adireddy Tarun (6), Adireddy Arjun (5.5) lost to K. Ratnapriya (6.5); Aaazad G. Acharya (6) drew with G. Shivanth (6); Abhinav Bhat (6.5) bt D.N. Vishwadeep (5.5); Prasiddhi Bhat (6.5) bt Aryan Anand (5.5).
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