Panaji, Sept 23 (UNI) On the top board in a seasaw battle, two time Former Natioonal ''B'' Champion and International Master Sriram Jha(ELO 2429) of LIC lost to Tamil Nadu superstar and International Master B Adhiban(ELO 2422) in the 11th round of the the Monginis National ''B'' Chess championship at the Damodar Sausthan, Zambaulim, in South Goa.
Adhiban now has a clear one point lead in the tournament and in all probability will emerge as the champion.
The much awaited encounter between the oldest and youngest Indian Grandmaster turned out to be an unintersting draw. Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi( ELO 2529) of Air India was slightly worn out by his previous encounter and was pleased to sign the peace treaty with Grandmaster Pravin Thipsay( ELO 2444) of Union Bank of India after just 18 moves of a Slav Defence.
Goan Wonder girls Bhakti Kulkarni and Ivana Furtado won their games in superb style.
Double World Under-8 girl champion Ivana Furtado( ELO 1836) seized the advantage arising out of a positional blunder and played efficiently to win against Kumar Sudarshan (unrated) of Himachal Pradesh. The woman candidate master from Goa now has 5 points from eleven rounds which is a remarkable performance for a nine year old.
Goa's National Junior girls champion Bhakti Kulkarni( ELO 2166) demolished the highly ranked National under 25 champion M Vinaykumar( ELO 2265) of Andra Pradesh. Bhakti won an exchange right from the opening itsel fand played precisely to win the game after 61 moves of a Colle System. She now has 7 and half points with still two more rounds remaining in the tournament and plays India's new International Master M R Lalith Babu( ELO 2328) in the next round.
Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarty(ELO 2464) did not take too many risks against dangerous FIDE Master Vidit Gujarathi( ELO 2356) of Maharastra and agreed to a draw after 25 moves of an English opening even though his opponent had tripled ''C'' pawns.
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