11-year-old Darpan among six to jointly lead in blind chess

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Mumbai, Oct 23 (UNI) Six players, including 11-year-old Darpan Inani from Gujarat, shared joint lead after the third round in the National B chess championships for blind, being played at the Andheri Sports Complex here today.

Current Asian champion Gaurav Gadodia, Indian team mate Shirish Patil, Suryakant Raut, Atul Kakde and Sanjay Karandikar shared the lead with three points each along with Darpan Inani on the second day of the championships.

Eleven-year-old, Darpan Inani, was in a scintillating form as he played solid tactical middle game to outplay Rajesh Rajput to register his third consecutive victory in as many rounds. Suryakant Raut of Maharashtra upset national A qualifier Vilesh Bhat who is seeded 7th in this tournament.

Vaishali Salavkar from Maharastra went down fighting to Gaurav Gadodia. Gaurav started with the Guicopiano opening to put Vaishali under tremendous pressure, and to add to the confusion he castled long and forced Vaishali to blunder in the middle game. In the end, Vaishali laid down arms after 26 moves.

In all there are 8 women players, and 6 players from the under-19 category competing at the national B championships.

More than 100 players from 16 states have gathered here to test their skills and gain qualification for the national A tournaments which will give them entry to Team India.

The total prize money for the tournament is Rs 25,000 which includes special prizes for U-19, Best woman and the Best youngest player of the tournament.

The top 10 players from here will qualify for the National A tournament scheduled for December/January.

UNI

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