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Mary Ann sole leader

Calcutta, Aug. 30: Thirteen-year-old Mary Ann Gomes (six points) of Frank Correa Academy shot into sole lead after the sixth round of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship at Gorky Sadan on Saturday.

A pack of four — Rahul Sangma, Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar, Joydeep Dutta and C.R.G. Krishna — are breathing down her neck with 5.5 apiece.

Playing her favourite Bird’s opening, Mary Ann continued her winning spree by disposing off Soumya Thakurta of St James in a mere 23 moves. MaryAnn next meets top seed Rahul Sangma in a crucial encounter which could well decide the fate of the championship.

Sangma survived a scare against Anurag Jaiswal of Children Seminary. The top seed at one time was in a losing position as his king was exposed to a dangerous attack. But Anurag faltered and allowed Sangma to escape with a draw.

Second seed Akshat Khamparia of Madhya Pradesh went down to Minhazuddin of Bangladesh in a King’s Indian defence. Third seed Tejdeep Adabwala of Andhra Pradesh, too, was beaten — by compatriot C.R.G. Krishna, the 14th seed — in 29 moves in a Slav defence.

Sumit Shaw of St Lawrence held Fide-rated Debayan Majumdar of St James’ to a draw. Ten-year-old Bitan Banerjee of Baruipur HS did well to share the point with Souparno Ghosh of Don Bosco in a Reti opening.

Defending champion Joydeep Dutta outwitted Shamima Akter Liza of Bangladesh in just 27 moves in a Slav defence.

TOP BOARD RESULTS

Anurag Jaiswal (5.5) drew with Rahul Sangma (5.5); Mary Ann Gomes (6) bt Soumya Thakurta (5); Akshat Khamparia (4.5) lost to Minhazuddin A. Sagar (5.5); C.R.G. Krishna (4.5) bt Tejdeep Adabala (4.5); Joydeep Dutta (5.5) bt Shamima Akter Liza (4.5); Rajib Dhar (5) bt Priyangshu Saikia (4); Sumit Shaw (4.5) drew with Debayan Majumdar (4.5); Anwesh Upadhaya (4) lost to Indradeep Giri (5); Kiran Mohanty (4) lost to Ramkrishna Perumalla (5); L. Romen Singh (5) bt Trailokya Nanda (4); Souparno Ghosh (4.5) drew with Bitan Banerjee(4.5); Debaditta S Biswas (5) bt Debanjan Das (4); Nazir Arifeen (4) lost to Suman Basu (5); Sandipan Chatterjee (5) bt Diptanu Das (4); Payel Guha (5) bt Kh Sanjoy Singh (4).

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