Koushik in sole lead

Koushik in sole lead

Neeraj Pai of Shimoga opted Sicilian Rossolimo variation with the second seed Akshay Bharadwaj of Bangalore but, despite the initial advantage, could only muster a draw in 53 moves.

Bangalore’s Satvik M lost to a unrated City-mate Ishan Bansal.
Important results (round V): Augustin A (4) lt to Girish A Koushik (5); Neeraj S Pai (4) drew Bharadwaj Akshay (4.5); Aditya Pai K (4.5) bt Chirag M Ramesh (3.5); Sharan Rao (4.5) bt Tulsi M (3.5); Ajay SM (3.5) lt to Kaushik HS (4.5); Satvik M (3) lt to Ishan Bansal (4); Anantharam RU (4) bt Naman M Shetty (3); Varma Shabdhik (4) bt Rahul Gowda DA (3); Akash K Shetty (3) lt to Vijeth TA (4); Pangal Gopalkrishna Nayak (4) bt Sunil Bhargav N (3); Amogh Narayan (3) lt to Vivekraj (4); Nischal P (3.5) drew Swathi Bhat (3.5); Manasa HR (4) bt Vishruth Sham (3); Prerana S Bharadwaj (3) lt to Adityahrydai Srinivasan (4); Naren N Kumar  (3.5) bt Dheeraj H (2.5); Priyanka S Bharadwaj (2.5) lt to Amogha HA (3.5); Rajath Rao KN (3.5) bt Parthasarathy R (2.5); Nikhil R  Umesh (2.5) lt to Anishcharith C Bhandary (3.5); Yashaskar Jois (3) drew Nishanth S (3); Prabhanjan LS (3.5) bt Tejas Prasad (2.5).