J. Saranya leads the pack with five points after the fifth round of the JCI Mannai State FIDE-rated women's chess championship here on Tuesday.

Important results (fifth round): J. Saranya (Tvlr) 5 bt C.H. Savetha (Che) 4; R. Bharathi (Che) 3.5 lost to A. Akshaya (Tvlr) 4.

R. Visalatchi (Vrd) 4 bt P. Bala Kannamma (Che) 3.5; N. Hema Priya (Che) 4 bt P. Sangeetha (Try) 3; J. Janani (Tvlr) 4 bt G. Aarthi (Bloom CA) 3.

V. Varshini (Bloom CA) 4 bt N. Akshaya (Cbe) 3; J. Mohana Priya (Kanchi) 3.5 bt D. Pritika (Cbe) 2.5; J.G. Nivedhitha (Che) 2.5 lost to S.V. Sathya Priya (Slm) 3.5; U. Ashwini (Che) 3.5 bt C.N. Raji (Cbe) 2.5; P.L. Kavitha (UFC) 2.5 lost to N. Keerthana (Che) 3.5.

Selection trials

The Tamil Nadu State Women's Hockey Association (TNSWHA) will conduct trials to select the State team for the South Zone junior girls hockey championship to be held in Dindigul from June 16 to 18.

The trials will be conducted at the SDAT Stadium here on May 1 from 7 a.m. Those born on or after 1.1.1991 are eligible to participate. The TNSWHA will also conduct umpires examination for men and women on May 1 here for those in the age group of 18 to 35 years. The last date for applying is April 29.

For further details, call G. Buvaneswari, secretary, TNSWHA, at 97906-02057.

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