Eight players share lead

Eight players share lead

Raghavendra V, Balkishan A, Chauhan Joy, Kulkarni Vinayak, Gopalkrishna P, Karun Duggal, Vijendra YG and Thanki Hemal Karsanji are tied at 4.5 points each at the top.

Bangalore’s Balkishan grabbed the maximum attention when he defeated former National A player and Kerala champion Muralidharan MB. Playing with white pieces, Balkishan opted for the Queens pawn opening, the unorthodox approach completely upsetting Muralidharan’s plans and allowing the Bangalorean to romp home in 38 moves.

Results (after round V): Vijendra YG (4.5) drew Thanki Hemal Karsanji (4.5); Dave Kantilal (4) drew Raghavendra V (4.5); Balkishan A (4.5) bt Muralidharan MB (3.5); Santu Mondal (4) drew Ramakrishna Perumalla (4); Chauhan Joy (4.5) bt Arjun U Prabhu (3.5); Prachura PP (4) drew Abdul Majeed N (4); Vinay Kurth Koti (3.5) lt to Kulkarni Vinayak (4.5); Gopalkrishna P (4.5) bt Kari Venu (3.5); Mharolkar Sanat (3.5) lt to Karun Duggal (4.5); Jishore VM (3) lt to Gahan MG (4); Atul Mahashabde (3) lt to Nath Rupankar (4); Jagadeesh AK (4) bt Naik Rishubh Naresh (3); Satra Pravesh (3) lt to Majumdar Shankar (4); Nair Sanjeev (3) lt to Sarbajit Adhikari (4); Varma Shabdhik (3.5) drew Satyanarayana P (3.5).

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