P. Bala Kannamma surged into the lead with six points going into the final day of the Jawahar Engineering College State under-25 chess tournament in Chennai on Tuesday. Overnight leader D. Meera crashed to a defeat to remain on 4.5 points.
In the Open category, V. Haribalu extended his lead to seven points.
The results: Round seven: Open: R. Prakashram (5) lost to V. Haribalu (7), K. Senthil Maran (5.5) bt S. Ajay Krishna (5), Aniruddh Aiyengar (5) drew with P. Elancheralathan (5), S.A. Kannan (5.5) bt Aaditya Jagadeesh (4), M. Aadhityaa (5) bt Tejas Ravichandran (4), A.L. Muthaiah (4.5) drew with S. Rohit Vassan (4.5).
Girls: A. Harshini (4) lost to P. Bala Kannamma (6), V. Varshini (4.5) drew with M. Sandya (4.5), D. Meera (4.5) lost to P. Thamaraiselvi (5), R. Bhuvaneshwari (3.5) lost to C. R. Varsha (4.5), G.P.S. Sneha (4) bt D. Akshita (3.5), K. Krithigga (4) bt C.R. Aasha (3).