Indian Chess News: Vikramaditya Kulkarni Leads GH Raisoni Chess
On the second board, IM-elect Akash Thakur, who is seeded 5th in the five-day tourney, too made good use of his opening advantage with the whites to outgun Shailesh Dravid and surge ahead with a comfortable 29-move win.
Secretary of Maharashtra Chess Association (MCA) Dilip Pagay after being humbled by the top seed on Sunday made a comeback when he held third seed Fide Master Satchidanand Soman to a draw in 21 moves.
Seed no 4 Sauravh Khherdekar, representing Railways, however made light work of 17-year-old Divya Garg on the fourth table. Upcoming city youngster, 15-year-old R Adethya, continued hisimpressive run in the tournament.
Playing with the black pieces Adethya stunned better rated Prasad Aurangabadkar to collect full points in the 7th round.
After the day's play Kulkarni is followed closely by Thakur with 6.5 points while four players - Satchidanand Soman, Sauravh Khherdekar, Shubham Lakudkar and R Adethya - too are in the contention with 6 points in their kitty and two rounds to go.
Results (Round 7): Anup Deshmukh (5.5) lost to Vikramaditya Kulkarni (7), Akash Thakur (6.5) bt Shailesh Dravid (5.5), Dilip Pagay (5.5) drew with Satchidanand Soman (6), Sauravh Khherdekar (6) bt Divya Garg (5), Ajinkya Ingale (5) lost to Shubham Lakudkar (6), Prasad Aurangabadkar (5) lost to R Adethya (6), Om Vinay Vitalkar (5.5) drew with Chinmay Pathak (5.5), Shubham Kumthekar (6) bt Kapil Ghatwai (5), Sunil Chelani (4.5) lost to Girish Joshi (5.5), TM Kawadkar (5) drew with Kawaljeet Singh Maras (5).
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