MANGALORE: Amrutha Mokal (7.5) of Maharashtra continued her giant-killing spree to jump in to joint lead at the end of the ninth round of the second Mangalore FIDE rated chess tournament here on Thursday.

With this victory, Amrutha has joined the leaders – GM Dibyendu Barua, IMs Himanshu Sharma, Balasubramaniam Ramnathan and B.T. Murali Krishna (TN) with 7.5 points. The results: Round 9: Himanshu Sharma 7.5 drew with Balasubramaniam Ramnathan 7.5, Chandra Sekhar Sahu 6.5 lost to Dibyendu Barua 7.5, Varugeese Koshy 7 drew with Pravin Thispay 7, Sriram Sarja 6.5 lost to B.T. Murali Krishnan 7.5, Amrutha Mokal 7.5 bt Dinesh K. Sharma 6.5, R.R. Laxman 6.5 drew with E.P. Nirmal 7, G.B. Prakash 7 bt Sudhir Kumar Sinha 6, Prasad P. Praveen 7 bt N. Sanjay 6, B.S. Shivananda 6.5 drew with O.T. Anil Kumar 6.5, T. Purushothaman 7 bt Anurag Mhamal 6.

Round 8: Dinesh Sharma 6.5 drew with Himanshu 7, Barua 6.5 drew with Koshy 6.5, Thipsay 6.5 drew with Amrutha 6.5, Balasubramaniam 7 bt Purushothaman 6, Murali Krishna 6.5 bt Hari Sharma 5.5, Sagar Shah 6 drew with Shivananda 6, E.P. Nirmal 6.5 bt Sohan Phadke 5.5, Anurag 6 drew with Prasad P. Praveen 6, Ashraf Subhani 5.5 lost to Sahu 6.5, Sriram Sarja 6.5 bt K. Vijay Keerthi 5.5. — Staff Correspondent

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