Karthikeyan, Ivana on course to wear crowns

Tamil Nadu lad stuns top seed Diptayan to move into lead


Karthikeyan Murali of Tamil Nadu moved into the sole lead in the boys’ section.

In Friday’s tenth round, Karthikeyan stunned top seed Diptayan Ghosh of West Bengal to move into the sole lead with 8.5 points, half-a-point ahead of Bengal boy Debankan Dhara and Maharashtra’s Samyak Baid.

Ivana, who needs only a draw in the final round on Saturday, stayed the lone leader in the girls’ section with nine points after edging out Ashwini U of Tamil Nadu in 67 moves.
Important results (round ten):

Boys: Debankan Dhara (WB, 8) drew Samyak Baid (Mah, 8); Diptayan Ghosh (WB, 7) lt to Karthikeyan Murali (TN, 8.5); Aditya Hiren Vaidya (Guj, 7.5) drew Sidhant Mohapatra (Ori, 7.5); Sayan Majumdar (WB, 7) lt to Shaikh Nubairshah (Mah, 8); Rakesh Kumar Jena (Ori, 7) lt to Naik Rishubh Naresh (Goa, 8); R V Adith (TN, 7.5) bt Bharadwaj Akshay (Kar, 6.5);
Anshuman K (TN, 7.5) bt Sunil Dev S (Pud, 6.5); Krishna Teja N (AP, 7) drew Hetul Shah (Guj, 6.5); Arjun Bharat (Kar, 6.5) drew Chinmay Routray (Ori, 6.5); Narayanan SL (Ker, 6) lt to Pavan Karande (Mah, 7).

Hemanth Kumar (AP, 6) lt to Pranav Vijay (TN, 7); Kumaran B (TN, 6) lt to Aravindh Chithambaram (TN, 7); Maniar Tirth (Guj, 6) lt to Poras Sanjay Kolgane (Mah, 7); Varma Shabdhik (Kar, 7) bt Shivam Chandak (Guj, 6); Vishal G (TN, 6) lt to Rohan Ahuja (Goa, 7); Vivekraj (Kar, 6) lt to Naren Swaminathan P (TN, 7); Satvik M (Kr, 6.5) bt Badrinath S (Pud, 5.5).

Girls: Ashwini U (TN, 7) lt to Ivana Maria Furtado (Goa, 9); Akankhya Kabi (Ori, 6.5) lt to Sunyasakta Satpathy (Ori, 8); Monnisha GK (TN, 8) bt Meghna CH (Ker, 6.5); Andria L D’Souza (Kar, 6.5) lt to Mahalakshmi M (TN, 7.5).

Priyanka S (AP, 7) bt Varsha CK (TN, 6.5); Shoumi Mukerjee (WB, 7) bt Salini R (AP, 6); Gauri Keshav Hadkonkar (Goa, 6.5) drew Megha Gupta (Guj, 6.5); Rakshana K (TN, 6) lt to Bakshi Rutuja (Mah, 7); Dhanashree Pandit (Mah, 6) lt to Meghana TC (Kar, 7).

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