Haribalu's (9.5 pts) win in the 10th and penultimate round of the Velammal State FIDE-rated chess championship ensured his one point lead over the rest of the field.

Ram S. Krishnan is in second place with 8.5 points while Srinath Narayanan and eight others trail by a further half-point.

Important results (10th round):V. Haribalu (9.5 pts) bt J. Arun (8), P. Lokesh (8) drew with N. Srinath (8), P. Saravana Krishnan (7.5) lost to Ram S. Krishnan (8.5), P. Maheswaran (7.5) drew with Mohamed Ibrahim (7.5), S.S. Manigandan (8) bt K. Dhinesh Babu (7), P. Michelle Catherina (7.5) drew with B. Sekar (7.5).

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