PALAKKAD: Tamil Nadu’s S. Boopeash, the 34th seed, shocked his sixth-seeded State-mateN. Vigneshwaran in the fourth round of the third NIIT Open all-India FIDE-rated chess tournament at the Town Hall Annexe here on Wednesday.
However, Bhoopesh lost to Pondicherry’s fourth-seeded Linda Rangarajan in the next round.
The victory made Linda the tournament’s sole leader with five points from five rounds.
Fifth round: M. Kunal (TN, 4.5) drew with P. Phoobalan (ICF, 4.5), M.B. Muralidharan (Ker, 4.5) drew with M.A. Joy Lazar (Ker, 4.5), S. Boopeash (TN, 4) lost to Linda Rangarajan (Pon, 5), Syed Anwar Shazuli (ICF, 4.5) bt K. Dhanasekar (TN, 3.5), K. Arjun (Ker, 3.5) lost to Akash P.C. Iyer (TN, 4.5), R. Abhijith (Ker, 3) lost to N. Abdul Majeed (Ker, 4), K.R. Madhusoodanan (Ker, 3.5) drew with M. Satvik (Ker, 3.5), M. B. Senbabu (Ker, 3.5) drew with P.G. Muraleedharan (Ker, 3.5), Mohammed Fawaz (Ker, 4) bt P.V. Nandhidhaa (TN, 3), J.A. Gireman (TN, 4) bt R. Muralidharan (TN, 3).
Fourth round: Akash drew with Syed Anwar, Phoobalan bt Mohammed Fawaz, R. Muralidharan lost to M B. Muralidharan, Linda bt Shristi, S. Raju lost to Kunal, Nandhidhaa lost to Joy Lazar, Vigneshwaran lost to Boopeash, Dhanasekar bt Ganesh, Nirmal Das drew with Haswanth, Sreeprakash drew with Abhijith. – Principal Correspondent