KOCHI: Kozhikode’s seasoned O.T. Anilkumar defeated Ernakulam’s P.V. Gireesh and maintained his winning run in the Antony Thyparambil all-Kerala chess tournament at the Fathima Church Parish Hall, Elamkulam, on Sunday evening.

Anilkumar, who has five points from as many rounds, leads the field after the penultimate day’s action.

The results (fifth round): O.T. Anilkumar (5 pts) bt P.V. Gireesh (4), Nimmy A. George (4) drew with Joy Lazar (4), Kannan (4) bt C.R. Ravindran (3), P.A. Ajmal (4) bt Vishnu Prasad (3), M. Manoj (4) bt M.V. Ratheesh (3). — Principal Correspondent

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