National under-17 open chess: Neelash moves back to the top

July 06, 2019 10:09 pm | Updated 10:09 pm IST - KOCHI

Pulling ahead: B. Kalyani, left, emerged the lead, outwitting Swara Lakshmi Nair.

Pulling ahead: B. Kalyani, left, emerged the lead, outwitting Swara Lakshmi Nair.

West Bengal’s second-seeded Neelash Saha was back on top after the penultimate round of the 30th National under-17 open chess championship at the Oberon Mall here on Saturday.

Saha, playing black, defeated Tamil Nadu’s Sibi Visal while Aronyak prevailed over M. Mohammed Anees in another 10th round game.

In the girls’ category, Andhra Pradesh’s ninth-seeded B. Kalyani emerged the leader after the two who gave her company at the top on Friday — third seed L. Jyothsna and top seed Saina Salonika — failed to win on Saturday.

While Kalyani beat Swara Lakshmi Nair, Jyothsna lost to West Bengal’s fourth-seeded Samriddhaa Ghosh and Salonika drew with second-seeded Shanya Mishra.

Important results (10th round): Open: R. Sibi Visal (TN, 7) lost to Neelash Saha (WB, 8.5), J.J. Nawin (TN, 7) drew with Arjun Gupta (Del, 8), Aronyak Ghosh (WB, 8) bt M. Mohamed Anees (TN, 6.5), Aditya P. Melani (Guj, 7) bt Vatsal Singhania (Jha, 6), S. Nithyan (Ker, 6) lost to Utsab Chatterjee (WB, 7).

Girls: Samriddhaa Ghosh (WB, 7.5) bt L. Jyothsna (TN, 7), B. Kalyani (AP, 8) bt Swara Lakshmi Nair (Kar, 6.5), Shanya Mishra (Del, 6.5) drew with Saina Salonika (Odi, 7.5), Diya Chowdhury (WB, 6.5) drew with Garima Gaurav (Bih, 6), Palkin Kaur (Del, 6.5) bt M.K. Poorna Sri (TN, 6) .

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