Sports Reporter

Coimbatore: V.A.V. Rajesh of Andhra Pradesh, with six points from as many rounds, emerged the sole leader in the LA Group Fide-rated open chess tournament conducted by the Global Chess Academy at the Jenney Club here on Monday.

Important results (Sixth round): Vishnu Prasanna (Chn) 5 lost to V.A.V. Rajesh (AP) 6; Ram S. Krishnan (Chn) 5 drew with R. Ashwath (Chn) 5; A. Shankar (S. Rly) 5 drew with Sharma R. Preetham (S. Rly) 5; P. Maheswaran (SVK) 4.5 drew with K. Rathnakaran (S. Rly) 4.5; Ramesh (Cbe) 4 lost to Syed Anwar Shazuli (ICF) 5; R.R. Laxman (Chn) 5 bt Uttam Sharma (Chn) 4; S. Nitin (Slm) 5 bt C.S. Rajesh (Cbe) 4; O.T. Anil Kumar (Ker) 5 bt N. Surendran (Chn) 4; G.A. Stany (Kar) 4.5 drew P. Phoobalan (Cbe) 4.5; T. Purushothaman (AP) 4.5 bt T.H. Senthil Kumaran (Mdu) 4; P. Shyam Nikil (Mdu) 4.5 bt A.B. Sathish Kumar (Ker) 3.5; R. Muralidharan (Mdu) 3.5 lost to Vinoth Kumar (Chn) 4.5; N.D. Rakesh Kumar (Gobi) 4.5 bt M. Kunal (Mdu) 3.5; Manu V. Ramanan (Chn) 3.5 lost to A. Muthuswamy (Cbe) 4.5; R. Pounraj (Cbe) 4.5 drew with S. Darwin (Chn) 4.5; K. Gopalakrishna (IB) 4.5 bt Bavan Kumar (Chn) 4.5; R. Dinesh Kumar (Slm) 4 drew with N. Lokesh (Hos) 4; D. Yashas (Kar) 3.5 lost to R. Nagesh (Kar) 4.5; K. Dhanasekar (Cbe) 4 bt S. Anjana Krishna (Ker) 3; M. Karthikeyan (Cbe) 3 lost to A.L. Palaniappan (Chn) 4; S.K. Tharak Charen (Chn) 3.5 drew with Akhay Bharadwaj (Kar) 3.5; S. Boopesh (Erd) 3 lost to Tejas Ravichandran (Chn) 4; C.H. Savetha (Slm) 4 bt Ayush N. Chandaria (Cbe) 3; K. Natarajan (Cbe) 3 lost to P.P. Prachura (Kar) 4; M. Manjunatha (Kar) drew with Bharath Linggi (Aru. Pra) 3.5.

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