Four share the lead after round eleven (updated)
Grandmaster Norm holder Vishnu Prasanna of Tamilnadu and International Master MR Venkatesh of PSPB produced emphatic victories in the tenth round to share the lead with 8 points in the ongoing National Challengers Chess Championship here at Preksha Vihar on Thursday.
Playing with black pieces in King’s Indian Defence, Prasanna displayed solid attacking game to shock top seed International Master M R Lalith Babu of Andhra Pradesh in 30 moves while Venkatesh opted Reti Opening against overnight joint leader Dinesh Kumar Sharma of LIC and sacrificed his bishop in the 27th move to get attacking possibilities in the black’s King’s side and went on to seal the match comfortably in 36 moves.
Other overnight leaders International Masters Debashis Das of Orissa and Vikramditya Kamble of Railways signed the peace treaty in 36 moves while railway man Suvrajit Saha and Rahul Sangma of Delhi agreed to split the points after the mandatory 25 moves and now occupying the joint second spot along with second seed Thej Kumar of Railways, Shyam Sundar and Navin Kanna of Tamilnadu. Thej Kumar beat seasoned International Master Atanu Lahiri of LIC while Shyam Sundar got better of D P Singh and Navin Kanna overcome state mate Arun Karthik.
In surprising results in the tenth round, Fide Masters J Ramakrishna and VAV Rajesh outwitted International Masters K Priyadharshan and Himanshu Sharma while M Vinoth Kumar of Tamilnadu shocked International Master Anup Deshmukh of LIC.
Lalith Babu and Vishnu Prasanna
FM Ramakrishna J and IM Priyadharshan K
Just two rounds remaining, the 48th National Challengers Chess Championship heading for a close finish as four players taken the shared lead after the eleventh round matches here at Preksha Vihar on Friday. International Master Suvrajit Saha of Railways defeated overnight joint leader Vishnu Prasanna of Tamilnadu to take the lead with eight and half points along with fellow International Masters M R Venkatesh, Vikramaditya Kamble and Shyam Sundar.
Playing with black pieces in Sicilian Najdorf variation, Saha got better off his Fide Master rival in just 27 moves while Kamble stunned top seed M R Lalith Babu in same number of moves in Queens Gambit Declined opening. Overnight joint leader M R Venkatesh played safely and split the point with second seed M S Thej Kumar of Railways in 21 moves by repetition of moves. Playing black side of French Defence, Shyam Sundar beat Orissa International Master Debashis Das in 54 moves to among the leaders.
A pack of five players, including Fide Master J Ramakrishna, who shocked International Master P Karthikeyan in the eleventh round to trail behind the leaders with a drift of half point. In other important eleventh round encounters, Navin Kanna of Tamilnadu held International Master Rahul Sangma while seasoned campaigner O T Anilkumar of Kerala stunned experienced International Master B T Murali Krishnan of Railways.
Debashis Das and Shyam Sundar