Aakanksha Hagawane of Maharashtra beat Riya Savant of Goa in a quick brevity to share the lead along with Tamil Nadu’s K Priyanka. Both have six and a half points from eight rounds. Three rounds remain to be played in this National Under-13 Chess Championship that is organised by the Pondicherry State Chess Association at Puducherry on July 5, 2013.
The Open section is yet to see a single sole leader so far. In this section, S Dhananjay of Chhatisgarh played a sharp rook sacrifice and lived dangerously before defeating Tamil Nadu’s Jayakumar. Dhananjay leads along with top seed Abhimanyu Puranik, Asian Under-12 champion K.S. Raghunanandan, Barat Kalyan and Harsha Bharathakoti with 6.5 points. This section is heading for a photo finish. The top finishers will represent India in the World Under-14 Championships of 2014.
The results of round eight:
Boys: Abhimanyu Puranik (Mah) 6.5 drew with K.S. Raghunandan (Kar) 6.5; Barat Kalyan (TN) 6.5 drew with Harsha Bharathakoti (AP) 6.5; S Dhananjay (Cg) 6.5 bt S Jayakumar (TN) 5.5; Rajaryan Kuvelkar (Goa) 6 drew with A Harikrishnan (TN) 6; Hemanth Raam (TN) 5.5 lost to Y Grahesh (AP) 6.
Girls: Aakanksha Hagawane (Mah) 6.5 bt Riya Savant (Goa) 6; D Meera (TN) 5.5 lost to K Priyanka (TN) 6.5; Chitlange Sakshi (Cg) 6 bt S Ananya (Kar) 5; Arpita Mukherjee (WB) 5.5 drew with Bidhar Rutumbara (Odi) 5.5; Vishwa Shah (Mah) 6 bt Hilmi Parveen (Ker) 5; P Supreetha (AP) 5 lost to R Vaishali (TN) 5.5.