CHENNAI: G. Akash moved into the lead with 5.5 points at the end of six rounds after defeating overnight leader Ajay Srikanth in the Jawahar Vidyalaya State under-25 chess tournament being held here.
Two players — Michelle Catherina and J. Janani — shared the lead with five points each in the women’s category.
Sixth round: Open: Ajay Srikanth (5) lost to G. Akash (5.5); D.S. Shashank (4.5) lost to R.A. Pradeep Kumar (5); M. Muthu Alagappan (4) lost to M.V. Lakshmi Narayanan (5); P. Dharmaraj (4) lost to P. Lokesh (5); J. Arun (5) bt M.C. Praveen Kumar (4); P. Ganesh (4) lost to S. Anandaraj (4); K. Dhinesh Babu (4) lost to J. Bavan Kumar (5); A. Nagarjuna (5) bt T. Shyam Sundar (4).
Women: P. Michelle Catherina (5) bt M. Kushboo (4.5); J. Janani (5) drew with C. Savetha (4.5); S.V. Sathyapriya (4.5) drew with J.G. Niveditha (4.5); G. Uma Bharathi (4.5) drew with G.K. Monisha (4.5); B. Jeyassri (4) drew with R. Visalatchi (4); P. Sangeetha (4) drew with V. Janu (4); N. Hemapriya (3.5) lost to R. Karthikeyini (4.5).
Fifth round: Open: Pradeep lost to Ajay; Lakshmi Narayanan drew with Akash; Lokesh drew with Nagarjuna; Jaswanth lost to D.S. Shashank; Bavan drew with Muthu Alagappan; Vasantharubavarman lost to Arun; Srinivas drew with Kaushik; Anandaraj bt Siddarth.
Women: Kushboo drew with Janani; Savetha drew with Sathyapriya; Visalatchi drew with Michelle Catherina; Karthikeyini drew with Jeyassri; Monisha bt Bhuvaneshwari; Niveditha bt Priyadarshini; Sangeetha drew with Hemapriya; Shvetha lost to Uma Bharathi.
The Tamil Nadu State Chess Association will organise a lightning tournament at Jawahar Vidyalaya, Ashok Nagar on May 24.
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