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Calcutta beats MKU

Arvind Aaron

VELLORE: : Top-seeded University of Calcutta defeated Madurai Kamaraj 2.5-1.5 in the sixth round but could not dislodge the latter from the lead in the All India inter-university chess tournament at the Vellore Institute of Technology here on Tuesday.

Madurai Kamaraj has 19.5 points and in joint second-third position, with 19 points, are defending champion RSTM, Nagpur and Calcutta.

The other top placings, with three rounds to go, are: 4. Madras 18.5, 5. Osmania 18 and 6-7: Pune, Amravati 17.5 each.

Calcutta's narrow win came from victories in the lower boards. Tanmoy Pattanayak crushed Lakshmi Narayanan in the third board in just 17 moves and Pranjal Das added to MKU's woes by beating G. Suresh Kumar.

The top-board clash between IMs Deep Sengupta and Deepan Chakravarthy ended in a dull 45-move draw with the former rejecting a draw offer on the 34th move.

Calcutta led the tournament briefly during the intra-session but P. Maheswaran of Madurai upset Somak Palit in the second board in a minor piece ending using an extra outside passed pawn. It not only brought MKU some respectability in defeat but also helped it keep a slender lead in this 112-team competition.

Important results (round six): Calcutta (19) bt Madurai Kamaraj (19.5) 2.5-1.5, Anna (16.5) lost to Madras (18.5) 1-3, Kannur (15) lost to RSTM, Nagpur (19) 0-4, Osmania (18) bt Rajasthan (15) 3-1, Mumbai (16) drew with Punjab (16) 2-2, Pondicherry (16) drew with Cochin (15.5) 2-2, Kerala (13.5) lost to Pune (17.5) 0-4, Amravati (17.5) bt Vinoba Bhave (13.5) 4-0, Shivaji (15.5) bt Acharya Nagarjuna (14.5) 2.5-1.5, Dr Ambedkar (15) drew with Manomaniam (14.5) 2-2, Patna (16) bt Pt. Ravishankar, Raipur (13) 3.5-0.5, GNDU, Amritsar (12.5) lost to Ranchi (16.5) 0-4, Visveswaraya (15) bt Tripura (13) 3-1, Calicut (13.5) lost to Bharathiar (14.5) 1.5-2.5, Kakatiya (13) lost to Gujarat (15) 1-3, Indore (13.5) lost to VNIT, Nagpur (14.5) 1.5-2.5, Delhi (14.5) bt Bikaner (12.5) 3-1, Bangalore (11.5) lost to Andhra (15.5) 0-4, Karnatak (13.5) drew with Deen Dayal Upadyay (13) 2-2, VIT, Vellore (13) drew with Bhagalpur (13) 2-2, Sholapur (14.5) bt Saurashtra (11.5) 3.5-0.5, Rani Durgawati (12.5) drew with L.N. Mithila (12.5) 2-2, Mangalore (13.5) bt SRTMU Nanded (11.5) 3-1, Sardar Patel (11) lost to M.D. Rohtak (14) 0.5-3.5, Bharathidasan (13) bt Punjabi (12) 2.5-1.5, Venkateswara (11.5) lost to Jai Narayan Vyas (13.5) 1-3.

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