New Delhi. Top seed Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaan took a 5.5 points joint lead with three other players after beating compatriot Karthikeyan Murali in a marathon seventh round of the Asian Continental Chess Championship here on Tuesday. Pragyanandada won in 137 moves against Karthikeyan.
Grandmaster Harsh Bharatkoti stopped compatriot Indian Grandmaster SL Narayanan in a draw. Harsh has 5.5 marks. Apart from Pragyananda and Harsh, India’s Kaustav Chatterjee is also jointly on the top, who made an upset by defeating former national champion Arvind Chidambaram.
Shams Vokhidov of Uzbekistan also reached the top joint after defeating India’s SP Seturman. In the women’s section, India’s female Grandmaster PV Nandhidha has taken the lead with six points after seven rounds. He stopped compatriot Padmini Raut (five points) in the draw.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 02, 2022, 01:38 IST