V. Pranav (Tamil Nadu) has emerged as the sole leader with 7 points after he registered his seventh straight victory in the 33rd VMRDA National under 13 Open chess championship now half way through at VMRDA Children’s arena, Visakhapatnam. Nine others are behind the leaders all with 6 points each.
In a clash between two leaders on the top table namely Jubin Jimmy (Kerala) and Pranv the latter prevailed over the former in a game of theoretical moves.
Velpula Sarayu (Telengana) and WCM Kriti Mayur Patel (Maharashtra) are sharing the lead with 6.5 points each in the girls section. Renganayaki (Karnataka) is behind the joint leaders with 6 points.
With four more rounds remaining the players will sweat out over the board to earn a creditable placing in this important national championship.Top seed Velpula Sarayu was simply impressive in this match in taming her opponent Yash Jyoti Bir with black pieces.
Playing white Kriti Mayur Patel over came stiff resistance offered by Yashavishree M .