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Prasanna scores over Karthik

By Raghunandan Gokhale

MUMBAI, DEC. 13. R.S. Prasanna (5.5) of Tamil Nadu and Eesha Karvade (5.5) of Maharashtra emerged as leaders in their respective categories after the sixth round of National sub- junior chess championship being held at Andheri Sports Complex here on Wednesday.

Prasanna scored an attacking victory over Karthik Viswanathan (4) of Maharashtra while Eesha exhibited excellent defensive technique against teammate Amruta Mokal (4).

R. Siddharth (5) of Capa Chess Academy held top seeded M.R. Venkatesh (5) of TN to a well fought draw in the Moscow attack of Sicilian defence. Top seeded girl Baisakhi Das' challenge practically ended when she was shocked by Soumya Swaminathan (4.5) of Maharashtra in Sicilian defence.

Karthik, who had played an attacking game in the fifth round to surprise Vaibhav Saxena, was at the receiving end against Prasanna. The Chennai boy employed Grunfeld defence and faced 5.Qb3 system from Karthik. However Karthik made a mistake of launching an offensive with his own king in the Center.

Prasanna was quick to target the white king and soon the heavy black pieces trapped the white monarch in a web. Karthik resigned on 26th move when face with an unavoidable checkmate.

Sayantan Dutta (4) of GNCA suffered the same fate when he committed similar error of neglecting the safety of his own king. Second seeded Deepan Chakravorty (5) who represents TN needed no more invitations to launch a whirlwind offensive which forced Sayantan to surrender in 20 moves of English attack in Sicilian defence.

Eesha Karvade defended well against Amruta Mokal's (4) attempted attack from the black side of Sicilian Kan defence. ``Once the queens got exchanged, I had a clear win,'' explained the winner after her triumph in 57 moves.

R. Mahima (5) of TN was at her lethal best while handing over a 25 move loss to higher rated Kruttika Nadig (4) of Maharashtra. Kruttika resigned when she found that her bishop was getting trapped against Mahima's well coordinated pieces in Italian Game.

Overnight joint leader Anuradha Beniwal (5) of Haryana fell behind after drawing with second seeded Tania Sachdev (4.5) of Delhi in 28 moves of Sicilian Pelikan defence.

lImportant results (sixth round): Boys: M.R. Venkatesh (TN) 5 drew with R. Siddharth (Capa) 5, Karthik V (Mah) 4.5 lost to R.S.Prasanna (TN) 5.5, Sayantan Dutta (GNCA) 4 lost to D.Chakravorty (TN) 5, Arjun Tiwari (Mah) 4.5 drew with S.Poobesh Anand (TN) 4.5, S.Mujumdar (Mah) 4 drew with Yashpal Singh (Cht) 4.5, Ranvir Bhatti (Cht) 4 drew with Yogesh Mapari (Mah) 4, G.Rohit (AP) 4.5 beat Pravin Prasad (AP) 3.5, Gaurav Hingane (VCA) 4.5 beat Yashodhan Gogte (Mah) 3.5, Maruti Pattnaik (Ori) 4 beat Rohan Shandilya (Bih) 3, Vaibhav Saxena (Mah) 4 beat A.Khalwadekar (Mah) 3, Akshay Bhoir (Mah) 3 lost to Abhijit Gupta (Raj) 4, Ravindra Ranjan (MP) 3 lost to Somak Palit (GNCA) 4, Ayan Lahiri (WB) 4 beat Miral Chelvi (Guj) 3.

Girls: Anuradha Beniwal (Har) 5 drew with Tania Sachdev (Del) 4.5, Amruta Mokal (Mah) 4 lost to Eesha Karvade (Mah) 5.5, R.Mahima (TN) 5 beat Kruttika Nadig (Mah) 4, M.Priyadarshini (TN) 4 lost to C.Delphin (TN) 5, S.Soumya (Mah) 4.5 beat Baisakhi Das (WB) 3.5, P.N.Harini (Capa) 4 drew with Supriya Majee (WB) 4, Jennitha Anto (TN) 3.5 drew with P.Priya (TN) 3.5, Priyanka Vora (Mah) 4 beat H.Nila Voli (TN) 3, Ketki Kulkarni (Mah) 4 beat Mary Ann Gomes (GNCA) 3, M.Rajadarshini (EMM) 4 beat Saloni Balgi (Mah) 3, L.Ishwarya Shobana (TN) 4 beat Vrushali Kulkarni (Mah) 3.

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