Ramesh wrests sole lead

CHENNAI May 22. Top seed International Master R.B. Ramesh of Indian Oil, Chennai wrested sole lead by inflicting a defeat on J. Ramakrishna of Andhra Pradesh in the eighth and penultimate round of the Adyar Times FIDE-rated chess tournament being played at Kumararani Meena Muthiah College of Arts and Science in Gandhi Nagar on Thursday.

Victory, perhaps the easiest so far, came through a simple pawn move forking black's knight and queen for Ramesh. Ramesh moved to seven points from eight games and is set to break the jinx of being the first top seed to win the tournament. In second place are Sundararajan Kidambi, J. Ramakrishna and Poobesh Anand with 6.5 points from eight games.

Arbiters say a draw in the final round tomorrow for Ramesh may not be sufficient as his tie-break score is low having drawn early in round two. He will therefore need a win with black against second seed Kidambi.

Important results (eighth round): R.B. Ramesh 7 bt J. Ramakrishna 6.5, Sundararajan Kidambi 6.5 bt R. Balasubramaniam 5.5, Syed Anwar Shazuli 6 drew with G.B. Prakash 6, S. Poobesh Anand 6.5 bt R.R. Laxman 5.5, P. Rajesh 5.5 lost to Deepan Chakravarthi 6, G. Dinesh Kumar 5 lost to V. Saravanan 6, Dwarak Krishnan 5 lost to P. Phoobalan 6, A.L. Kasi 5 lost to E.P. Nirmal 6, K.V. Shantharam 6 bt J.K. Gowtham 5, R.P. Senthil Kumaran 6 bt J. Venkataramana 4.5, B. Sivasankar 5.5 bt K. Visweswaran 4.5, Utham Sharma 4.5 lost to K. Gopalakrishnan 5.5, M. Vijay Anand 5.5 bt P. Priya 4.5, L.V. Siva Kumar 4.5 lost to J. Sridhar 5.5, H. Nilavoli 5.5 bt M.R. Sangeetha 4.5, S. Anand Kumar 5.5 bt Priyadarshini 4.5, R. Parthiban 4 lost to C.J. Arvind 5, M. Shyam Sundar 4 lost to M. Vinoth Kumar 5, R. Ashwin 4 lost to Devendra Kumar 5, K. Ganesan 4.5 drew with R. Rajesh 4.5, S. Sanjai Kumar 4 lost to B. Sashikanth 5, R. Ananth 5 bt R. Muthu Prakash 4, K.V. Anil Kumar 4 lost to S. Sridhar 5, V. Tejasvi 5 bt S. Manikavasakam 4, S.P. Sethuraman 4.5 drew with K.C. Krishnaprasad 4.5, P. Vaidhyanathan 5 bt P. Malarselvi 4, R.S. Arun Srinivas 4.5 drew with S.M. Syed Moosa 4.5, C. Delphin 4 drew with V.B. Manikandan 4, R.A. Pradeep Kumar 4.5 bt N. Srinath 3.5, V. Kameswaran 4.5 bt K. Vaishnavi 3.5, S. Sandeep 3.5 lost to Shravan Kumar Talwar 4.5, R.V. Venkatakrishnan 4.5 bt R.K. Athavan 3.5.

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