Mumbai, Oct 25 (UNI) Local lad Shirish Patil and Gujarat prodigy Darpan Inani shared the lead along with Gaurav Gadodia and Atul Kakde with 4.5 points after five rounds at the National 'B' chess championship for blind at the Andheri Sports Complex here today.
On table number one, it was a tussle between Shrish Patil and Darpan Inani. Shrish played with a queen pawn opening and managed to get Darpan in some trouble. But the 11-year-old youngster from Gujarat held his forte to force a draw in 30 moves and earn half a point.
Current Asian champion Gaurav Gadodia beat Sachin Waghmare to set up a clash with Darpan Inani in the sixth round. Atul Kakde of Satara beat Sanjay Karandikar in 45 moves in a tough game to set up a 6th round match with Shrish Patil.
The tournament is being played in the Swiss League format of 10 rounds, with two rounds being played each day.
More than 100 players from 16 states have gathered here to test their skills and gain qualification for the National 'A' tournament which will give them entry to the India team.
The top 10 players from here will qualify for the National 'A' tournament scheduled for December/January. Here they will fight it out with the current top 4 players of the country. A women's team will also be selected from the National 'B' tournament.
The title sponsors for the event are GTL Foundation, while it is being supported by Indian Oil, TCS, HDFC, Canara Bank and New India Assurance.