NAGPUR: Seventh-seeded R. Bharathi defeated Baisakhi Das to emerge as the sole leader with a perfect score after five rounds of the 36th women National challengers’ chess championship here on Thursday.

The results: Fifth round: Baisakhi Das (4) lost to R. Bharathi (5); Sai Meera (4.5) bt Supriya Maji (3.5); P. Priya (4.5) bt Amruta Mokal (3.5); Kiran Manisha Mohanty (3.5) lost to A. G. Nimmy (4); Mitali Patil (3) lost to Bhakti Kulkarni (4); Devangi Patankar (4) bt Bindu Saritha (3); P. V. Nandhidhaa (4) bt J. Saranya (3); P. Lakshmi Sahiti (4) bt A. Akshaya (3); J. Sahari (3) lost to Swati Mohota (4); A. Sithalatchumi (4) bt Priyanka Kumari (3); Anuprita Patil (4) bt Anjana Krishna (3); J. Janani (3) lost to Bhagyashree Thipsay (3.5); C. Divyasri (3.5) bt R. Visalatchi (2.5); Sonakshi Rathore (3.5) bt Pallavi Dutta (2.5); Mahasweta Kumar (2.5) lost to C. Sahajasri (3.5); B. Aswathy (3.5) bt Supriya Joshi (2.5); C. H. Savetha (3) drew with Soumya Shrivastava (3); Gayatri Limaye (3) bt G. Apurva (3.5); P. Jayashree Sankpal (2.5) lost to Anjali Palande (3); S. Harini (3) bt Sradhanjali Jena (2).

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