Top seed Diptayan Ghosh of Bengal (6 points) joined overnight leader B. Kumaran of Tamil Nadu (6), K. Murali (6) and Nubairshah Shaikh (6) in a four-way lead at the end of the seventh round of the 39th sub-junior National boys’ chess championship here on Saturday.

Women’s FIDE Master M. Mahalakshmi (TN) maintained her lead in the 30th sub-junior National girls’ meet with 6.5 points. Her Statemate G.K. Monnisha (6) also stayed in contention for the title.

Important results:

Seventh round, boys: Sidhant Mohapatra (5.5) drew with B. Kumaran (6); Diptayan Ghosh (6) bt Pranav Vijay (5); Ritviz Parab (5) lost to Karthikeyan Murali (6); M. Nubairshah Shaikh (6) drew with Krishna Teja (5.5); N.R. Vignesh (5) drew with Harsha Bharathakoti (5.5); Aradhya Garg (5) drew with Aravindh Chithambaram (5); N.R. Visakh (5.5) bt Rakesh Kumar Jena (4.5); V. Karthik (5.5) bt Kaustuv Kundu (4.5); Rohan Ahuja (5) drew with Harikrishnan. A. (5); A.L. Muthaiah (5) bt Rajdeep Sarkar (4.5).

Girls: M. Mahalakshmi (6.5) bt Divya Garg (5); G.K. Monnisha (6) bt Bakshi Rutuja (5); Smaraki Mohanty (5) drew with R. Vaishali (5); C.H. Meghna (5.5) bt Savant Riya (4.5); Anigani Kavya (4.5) lost to V. Varshini (5.5); Shiny Das (5) drew with U. Ashwini (5); Tejaswini Sagar (4.5) drew with Arpita Mukherjee (5); Sunyasakta Satpathy (4.5) drew with Chandreyee Hajra (4.5); Sapale Saloni (4.5) drew with P.S. Srreezza (4.5); Toshali V. (4.5) drew with Hilmi Parveen (4.5).

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