Augustin upsets fancied Sharma
On the top board, International Master M Rathnakaran beat overnight leader Kunal M of Tamil Nadu in 52 moves. Both Augustin and Rathnakaran have five six points each and share the lead with three others.
In another game, Karnataka’s Thejkumar defeated Lakshmi Krishna Bhushan.
Important results (Round VII): M Rathnakaran (Ker, 6) bt Kunal M (TN, 5.5); Thejkumar M S (Kar, 6) bt Lakshmi Krishna Bhushan D (AP, 5); Deshpande Aniruddha (Mah, 6) bt Himanshu Sharma (SWR, 5); Nitin S (TN, 6) bt Lokesh N (TN, 5); Augustin A (Kar, 6) bt Dinesh Sharma K (LIC, 5); Madhusoodanan K R (Ker, 4.5) lt to Shyam Nikil P (TN, 5.5); Vinayak Kulkarni (Kar, 4.5) lt to Praveen Prasad P (AP, 5.5); Chinmay Kulkarni (Mah, 4.5) lt to Abhishek A (Ker, 5.5.); Surendran N (TN, 5.5) bt Anirudh V Bhat (Goa, 4.5); O T Anilkumar (Ker, 5) drew Raja Harshit (Mah, 5); Gopalkrishna P (Kar, 5) drew Jyothilal N (Ker, 5); Sharan Rao (Kar, 4) lt to Sekar B (TN, 5); Priya V S S (AP, 4) lt to Raghunandan K S (Kar, 5); Sushrutha Reddy (Kar, 4) lt to Ritviz Parab (Goa, 5); Chakravarthi Reddy M (AP, 4) lt to Sandhya G (AP, 5); Rohan Ahuja (Goa, 5) bt Krishna V Shinde (Kar, 4); Abhijit Manohar (Mah, 4.5) drew Arjun Satheesh (Ker, 4.5); Gavi Siddayya (Kar, 5) bt Nandhini Saripalli (Goa, 4); Ajeesh Antony (Ker, 5) bt Rahul Srivatshav P (AP, 4); Rajesh V N (Ker, 5) bt Marthandan K U (Ker, 4).