For the second successive day, the depth of the National Challengers’ chess championship stood underscored with none of the eight Grandmasters finding a place in the 14-player leaders’ pack after the third round in Bhopal on Monday.

The results (third round): P. Saravana Krishnan (2.5) drew with M.R. Lalith Babu (2.5); Himal Gusain (2.5) drew with Debashis Das (2.5); Vishnu Prasanna (3) bt Anup Deshmukh (2); Murali Krishnan (2.5) drew with Abhijit Kunte (2.5); Aswin Jayaram (3) bt N.R. Vignesh (2); M. Karthikeyan (3) bt Rahul Shetty (2); Swayams Mishra (2.5) drew with Varugeese Koshy (2.5); Aniruddha Deshpande (2.5) drew with R. R. Laxman (2.5); G. B. Prakash (2.5) drew with M. S. Thejkumar (2.5); Vjiay Pranav (2) lost to P. Shyam Nikhil (3); Shashikant Kutwal (2.5) drew with Himanshu Sharma (2.5); G.A. Stany (2.5) drew with Prantik Roy (2.5); Abhimanyu Puranik (2) lost to Akshat Khamparia (3); Pratik Patil lost to Siddharth Ravichandran (3); Shreyansh Daklia (2) lost to P. Konguvel (3). — Special Correspondent

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