Kozhikode: Bhagyashree Thipsay and Anupama Gokhale were among the five leaders with 4.5 points at the end of the fifth round in the 30th women’s national B chess championship Monday.
Sreeparna Chakraborty, Koneru Chandrahasa and Sangeeta M. R. are the other leaders.
Bhagyashree and Anupama settled for a draw after a gruelling battle on the top board. Anupama had beaten local girl Sandhya N. in the previous round in the morning while Sreeparna overcame stiff resistance from teammate Saheli Nath. Koneru defeated Kerala’s Nimmy A. George while Sangeeta beat Delphin C.
Meanwhile, Sandhya beat Saheli Dhar Barua to regain second spot with four points.