KOCHI: Southern Railway’s top-seeded International Master K. Ratnakaran drew with second seed D.P. Singh of Tamil Nadu and emerged as the lone leader after the seventh round of the second RSC all-India FIDE-rated chess tournament at the Regional Sports Centre here on Tuesday evening.
Earlier, West Bengal’s Uttam Sarkar, the 18th seed, upset Tamil Nadu’s fourth-seeded Ram S. Krishnan, while 29th seed K.V. Anilkumar, a local player, surprised eighth-seeded S. Ganesh Babu of Tamil Nadu in the sixth round.
The results (seventh round): K. Ratnakaran (Rly, 6.5) drew with D.P. Singh (TN, 6); M.B. Muralidharan (Ker, 5.5) lost to O.T. Anilkumar (Ker, 6); M.A. Joy Lazar (Ker, 5.5) drew with M.A. Alaguraja (TN, 5.5); K. Haridas (Ker, 5.5) drew with Uttam Sarkar (WB, 5.5); K.V. Anilkumar (Ker, 5) lost to R. Ganesh Bhat (Ker, 6); Linda Rangarajan (Pud, 6) bt Giriman Jha (TN, 5); C.R. Raveendran (Ker, 5) lost to P.V. Gireesh (Ker, 5.5); M.V. Lakshmi Narayanan (TN, 5.5) bt K. Dhanasekar (TN, 4.5); D. Salil Kumar (Ker, 5) drew with Ramesh Shanmugasundaram (TN, 5); Santhosh David (Ker, 5) drew with P.K. Suresh (Ker, 5).
Sixth round: Jha lost to Ratnakaran; D.P. Singh drew with Muralidharan; Sarbajit Adhikari lost to O.T. Anilkumar; Ram S. Krishnan lost to Uttam; Sumith Balan lost to Joy Lazar, C.S. Rajesh drew with Lakshmi Narayanan; U.C. Mohanan lost to Haridas; Ganesh Bhat bt T.H. Senthil Kumaran; K.R. Dhanulal lost to Linda. — Principal Correspondent