KOZHIKODE: Fifth seed Somak Palit shocked second seed P. Karthikeyan with black pieces to take the sole lead going into the final round of the National youth chess championship here on Friday.

He had seven points after eight rounds, half-a-point in front of top seed M.R. Lalith Babu.

Important results (eighth round): P. Karthikeyan 6 lost to Somak Palit 7; Arjun Tiwari 5.5 lost to M.R. Lalith Babu 6.5; P. Saravana Krishnan 5.5 drew with C. Praveen Kumar 5.5; M. Muthu Alagappan 5.5 drew with P. Shyam Nikil 5.5; Puneet Jaiswal 5 lost to R. Arun Karthik 6.

Bavankumar 4.5 lost to V.A.V. Rajesh 5.5; Kshitij Singla 5.5 bt Roshan Ranagarajan 4.5; P.K. Arjun 4.5 lost to J. Arun 5; Mohammed Dilshad 5 bt S. Ravi Teja 4; Meenu Rajendran 5 bt P. Iyyappan 4; Vijay Kumar 5 bt Ashish Kumar 4; Sanjid Lathif 4.5 drew with K. Arjun 4.5; P. Saketh 5 bt V. Sreenivas 4. — Principal Correspondent

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