Thejkumar continues to remain in the lead

Thejkumar continues to remain in the lead

Thejkumar, from South Western Railway, leads the table with nine points, one point clear of his nearest rivals Grandmaster Praveen Thipsay M of Maharashtra, International Masters from Southern Railway Rathnakaran and Murali Krishnan, Stany G A and Niranjan Navalgund, both from Karnataka.

Thejkumar, who held international master Rathnakaran of Southern Railway in 26 moves on the top board on Sunday, needs only a draw in Monday’s final round against Thipsay to bag the title.

While Thipsay made short work of C Praveen Kumar, Murali Krishnan defeated Sharad Tilak of Maharashtra. Navalgund humbled WGM Meenakshi in 37 moves to jump to joint second spot.   

Important results (round 10): Thejkumar MS (SWR, 9.5) drew Rathnakaran K (SRly, 8); Praveen Kumar C (TN, 7) lt to Thipsay Praveen (Mah, 8); Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi (WB, 7.5) drew Ramnathan Balasubramaniam (ICF, 7.5); Murali Krishnan B T (SRly, 8) bt Tilak Sharad S (Mah, 7); Sanjay N (Kar, 7) lt to Stany G A (Kar, 8); Meenakshi Subbaraman (IA, 6.5) lt to Navalgund Niranjan (Kar, 8); Phoobalan P (ICF, 7.5) drew Shivananda B S (Kar, 7); Mithil Ajgaonkar (Mah, 7.5) drew Babu N Sudhakar (TN, 7); Vikram Saralaya (Kar, 7) drew Anilkumar O T (Ker, 7); Antonio Viani D'cunha (Kar, 7) bt Saravana Krishnan P (TN, 6); Arvind Shastry (Kar, 7) bt Agarwal Brajesh (LIC, 6); Nirmal E P (Ker, 6.5) drew Suraj M (Kar, 6.5); Gahan M G (Kar, 7) bt Yashas D (Kar, 6); Hegde Ravi Gopal (Kar, 7) bt Balasubramanian Rajaram (TN, 6); Vijay Keerthi K (Kar, 7) bt Gavi Siddayya (Kar, 6); Satvik M (Kar, 6) lt to Linda Rangarajan (Pud, 7).

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