Top seed N. Priyanka defeated second seed Vantika Agrawal to open a half-point lead in the girls’ section of the National under-11 chess championship here on Saturday.

In the open section, Ram Aravind needed just 21 moves to crush the challenge of Neelash Saha for a perfect tally of eight points.

The results (eighth round): Open: Ram Aravind (TN, 8) bt Neelash Saha (Ben, 6); Saurabh Anand (Bih, 5.5) lost to Bhavik Bharambe (Mah, 7); S. Adithya (TN, 6.5) bt Samal Ansuman (Ori, 5.5); Koustav Chatterjee (Ben, 6.5) bt R. Prajesh TN, 5.5); Aditya Basu (Ben, 5.5) lost to Aansh Gupta (Del, 6.5); Rudraksh Parida (Ori, 5.5) lost to Rahul Srivatshav (AP, 6.5); Subhasis Barik (Ori, 5.5) lost to R. Praggnanandhaa (TN, 6.5); P. Iniyan (TN, 5) lost to Aronyak Ghosh (Ben, 6.5); Sankarsha Shelke (Mah, 5.5) drew with G. B. Harshvardhan (TN, 5.5); M. Barath (Goa, 6) bt Aryan Shah (Mah, 5).

Girls: N. Priyanka (AP, 7) bt Vantika Agrawal (Del, 6); C. Lakshmi (TN, 6.5) drew with Divya Deshmukh (Mah, 6.5); Samirddhaa Ghosh (Ben, 6) lost to Anwesha Mishra (Ori, 6.5); Salonika Saina (Ori, 6) bt Shyamshree Sarkar (Ben, 5); M. Tejasvi (TN, 5.5) drew with Palkin Kaur (Del, 5.5); Krystal Fernandes (Goa, 6) bt Anannya Menkudle (Mah, 5); Rutvi Shah (Guj, 5.5) drew with B. M. Akshaya (AP, 5.5); B. Kalyani (AP, 5.5) bt D. Jishitha (AP, 5); Meenal Gupta (J&K, 4.5) lost to Riddhi Zantye (Goa, 5.5); Garima Gaurav (Bih, 4.5) lost to Adyasa Mahapatra (Ori, 5.5).

More In: Other Sports | Sport