Four leading names — top seed C. Divyasree (AP), third seed A.G. Nimmy (Kerala), fourth seed P. Priya (TN) and former Asian ladies champion and seventh seed Bhagyashree Thipsay — were held once in the first two rounds to trail the leading group of 14 players at two points in the 39th National women’s challengers chess tournament here on Saturday.
Leading results (second round): C. Divyasree (AP, 1.5) drew with V. Varshini (TN. 1.5); Mitali Patil (Mah, 1) lost to Rucha Pujari (2); A.G. Nimmy (Ker, 1.5) drew with Arunima Kalra (Del, 1.5); J. Saranya (TN, 2) bt Aparajita Gochhikar (Ori, 1); Anjana Krishna (Ker, 2) bt Ramya Krishna (AP, 1); Bhagyashree Thipsay (Mah, 1.5) drew with R. Salini (AP, 1); Riya Savant (Goa, 1) lost to N. Raghavi (TN, 2); R. Bharathi (TN, 2) Supriya Joshi (Mah, 1); Pushpalata Mangal (Mah, 1) lost to Catherina Michelle (TN, 2); Amruta Mokal (Mah, 2) bt V.S.S. Priya (AP, 1); Minki Sinha (Bih, 1) lost to M. Mahalakshmi (TN, 2); V.H. Ardra (Ker, 1) lost to S. Harini (TN, 2); Swati Mohota (Ben, 1.5) drew with Shiny Das (Tri, 1.5); Hinduja Reddy (AP, 1.5) drew with A. Akshaya (TN, 1.5); C.H. Meghna (Ker, 2) bt Bala Kannamma (TN, 1).