Adhiban in joint lead

Second seed, world under-16 boys’ champion B Adhiban, who turned 17 on Saturday, celebrated birthday in style with a facile victory over GA Stany of Karnataka in just 24 moves.

Air India’s Rahul Shetty proved stronger against third seeded MS Thejkumar of Railways.
World under-14 boys champion Vidit Gujrathi got the better of veteran IM Varghese Koshy with the black pieces in a queens pawn opening.

Important results (round three): GA Stany (Kar, 2) lt to B Adhiban (TN, 3); MS Thejkumar (RSPB, 2) lt to Rahul Shetty (IA, 3); Abhishek Das (Jha, 2) lt to SP Sethuraman (TN, 3); Himanshu Sharma (Har, 3) bt Girish Koushik (Kar, 2); Varugeese Koshy (TN, 2) lt to Vidit Gujrathi (Mah, 3); Arvind Shastry (Kar, 2) lt to M Shyam Sundar (TN, 3). Arjun Tiwari (Mah, 2.5) drew Prathamesh Mokal (Mah, 2.5).

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