G.K. Monisha stunned top seed Padmini Rout in the sixth round of the 40th National women’s challengers’ chess championship at Hotel Kovilakam Residency here on Monday. The win helped Monisha move into the lead, along with four others — Nisha Mohota, M. Mahalakshmi, who held second seed Soumya Swaminathan to a draw, Swati Ghate and Ivana Maria Furtado.
All have five points each.
Half-a-point behind them are G. Lasya, Soumya, Kiran Manisha Mohanty, Aarthie Ramaswamy, Pratyusha Bodda, Nimmy A. George, Rucha Pujari and R. Bharathi.
Important results (sixth round): Swati Ghate 5 drew with Nisha Mohota 5; M. Mahalakshmi 5 drew with Soumya Swaminathan 4.5; G.K. Monisha 5 bt Padmini Rout 4; U. Ashwini 4 lost to Ivana Maria Furtado 5; G. Lasya 4.5 drew with Bhakti Kulkarni 4; S. Harini 3.5 lost to Kiran Monisha Mohanty 4.5; R. Preethi 3.5 lost to Pratyusha Bodda 4.5; Rucha Pujari 4.5 bt Sidhali Sheyte 3.5; Nimmy A. George 4.5 bt Srija Seshadri 3.5; Riya Savant 4 drew with P. Michelle Catherina 4; R. Bharathi 4.5 bt V. Varshini 3.5; S. Anjana Krishna 3.5 lost to Aarthie Ramaswamy 4.5; Anshul Kaushik 3 lost to J. Saranya 4; Harshita Guddanti 4 bt Swati Mohota 3; Tanvi Bhave 3.5 drew with P. Bala Kannamma 3.5; S.V. Sathya Priya 4 bt Sakshi Gaonkar 3; Priya 3 lost to Shalon Joanne Pias 4.