SPORT

Smooth day for seeds

Thalambur OCT. 28. There were no surprises in the first round of the Vel's Srinivasa College of Engineering Technology 17th National under-7 boys and girls' chess championship here this evening. The results came fast and smooth with the higher-ranked players devouring the lower ones with remarkable ease.

On the girls' top board, top seed Chandana Priya Reddy was stretched to three hours by D. Karishma Rani of Tamil Nadu though the issue was never in doubt.

Most of the games were over after two hours of play and only a few stretched to three hours. When the last game ended, it was still 30 minutes short of the full four-hour session.

Quite a few players used the sophisticated countdown Fischer Chess Clock for the first time in their lives and took to it rather easily. This clock automatically adds 30 seconds to a player's remaining time whenever a move is made.

Important results:

Boys: Phani Bhushan (AP) bt Aurodeep Panda (Alekhine CC); Bala Ganapathi (NLC) lost to Osama Salim (TN); Lalith Abhinash Reddy (AP) bt L. Bharat (TN): R. Eswar (AP) bt Chandrasish Majumder (Alekhine CC); Deepthamesh Reddy (Chess Academy Hyderabad) bt K. Harsh (AP); Y.V.K. Reddy (AP) bt P. Devanand (AP); Dinesh Reddy (AP) lost to S.V. Srinath Rao (Chhattisgarh); Shiven Khosla (Mah) bt Divya D. Patel (Guj); R. Ganesh (TN) lost to Karma Pandya (Guj); M. Vigram (Kar) lost to J.A. Gireman (TN); S. Gokulnath (Mount CA) lost to Eshwanth Devkumar (TN): Niraj Saripalli (Goa) bt Joel Melvin (AP); John Medwin (AP) lost to Raj Narayan Prasad (Bhr); Anurag Kashyap (Pondy) bt Jonathan Emmanuel (TN).

Girls: Chandana Priya Reddy (AP) bt Karishma Rani (TN); Krupa Shinodkar (Goa) lost to A.R. Priya (Tnagar-Vijayawada); K. Sai Nirupama (AP) bt Kumari Niketa (Jharkhand); S. Meenakshi (Mount CA) lost to Y. Sai Lakshmi (Champion CA); Srinithi Nagarajan (TN) bt S. Meenu Priya (TN); H. Meghana (Kar) lost to Soumya Srivastav (Mah); Prachi Sharma (M.P.) bt Mayuri More (Mah); Neha Mudaliyar (Mah) lost to G. Umabharathi (TN); Pranati Pai (Kar) lost to Nirupama Panglijan (Manipur); P.L.J. Sivani (AP) lost to Pushpita Singh (Goa); Ankita Dash (Or) lost to Pavithra Rani (Chennai CA); B. Prathyusha (Champion CA) bt N. Abarna (Pondy); Sonakshi Rathore (Raj) bt Preetha K. Ganesh (TN);

M. Priyadarshini (Kar) bt T.E. Sreedevi (Ker); A. Asha Kiran Devi (Manipur) lost to R. Priyadarshini (Aaron CA).

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