Sports Reporter

Udhagamandalam: After battling it out for most part, overnight leaders P. Lokesh (Chennai) and R. Dinesh Kumaar (Salem) drew their game to lead the boys’ table with six points each after the seventh round in the 34th State sub-junior chess championship at the CSI College of Engineering in Ketti on Thursday.

Joining the leader at the top was K.C. Krishna Prasad of Salem, who dispatched Harihara Sudhan of Chennai with relative ease.

Dinesh falters

The contest between Dinesh and Lokesh witnessed some tense moments. The former was in a position of strength to call the shots but faltered and lost a piece.

Luckily for Dinesh he had some compensation in the form of pawns.

Playing with white, Lokesh could have well squeezed the best out of the situation. But knowing pretty well that he was racing against time, he decided to play it safe by signing the peace treaty.

Mohana survives scare

In the girls’ section, overnight leader Mohanapriya of Kancheepuram, playing on the top board, survived some anxious moments before defeating a fighting Janu for the top position.

Important results: Seventh round: Boys: P. Lokesh 6 drew with R. Dinesh Kumaar 6; M. Harihara Sudan 4.5 lost to K.C. Krishna Prasad 6; M. Vijairam 5 drew with J. Bavankumar 5; S. Siddharth 5.5 bt Ramalingam Karthik 4.5; S.S. Manigandan 5.5 bt G. Yogesh 4.5; Akash P. Iyer 5 drew with S. Jitendria Vel 5; Gourav Sharan 4.5 drew with Tejas Ravichandran 4.5; S. Anand Raj 5 bt T.K.S Abishek 4; Vigneshraj Muthuram 4 lost to P. Ganesh 5; K. Sai Prahlad 5 bt B. Gokul 4; V. Radhakrishnan 5 bt Vasantha Ruba Varman 4; V.S. Sakthivel Pandian 4.5 bt V. Gautham 3.5; P. Uma Maheswaran 4.5 bt I. Praveen Kumar 3.5; M. Mukesh 4.5 bt J. Nishvin 3.5; S. Lokeshwar 3.5 lost to N. Rajkumar 4.5.

Girls: J. Mohana Priya 6.5 bt V. Janu 5; R.Visalatchi 6 bt C.H. Savetha 5; P. Priya Sandhya 5.5 bt J. Saranya 4.5; N. Akshaya 4.5 lost to A. Akshaya 5; U. Ashwini 4 lost to J.G. Nivedhitha 5; S. Anushya 4 drew with R. Bhuvaneshwari 4.5; G. Sushmitha 3.5 lost to J. Janani 4.5; L. Prathipa 3.5 lost to A. Poonkuzhali 4.5; P. Balakannamma 4 bt R. Karthikeyini 3; R. Abirami 4 bt Srinidhi Sridharan 3; G. Thenammai 4 bt R. Abirami 3; Alagusala 4 bt B. Suwathy 3; P. Roshini 3.5 drew with D.M. Keerthana 3; B. Jayasree 3 drew with Aishwarya 3; D.S. Sasirekha 3.5 bt R. Dharani 2.

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