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Humpy sole leader

Kozhikode: Top seed and overnight joint leader Koneru Humpy continued to dominate proceedings to emerge sole leader with three points at the end of the third round of the 30th national women’s A chess championship on Monday.

Humpy, the reigning Asian women’s champion, deployed the Queen-pawn’s opening in the top board to defeat Tania Sachdev whose Nimzo Indian defence lasted only 32 moves.

Following Humpy in the second spot were the other two overnight leaders, WGM Nisha Mohota and youngest IWM, Dronavalli Harika besides defending champion Aarthie Ramaswamy with 2.5 points each.

Employing Dutch defence against Eesha Karvade’s Reti opening, Mohota settled for a draw after 27 moves, while Harika, runner-up in the Asian women’s meet here in August, also agreed to split points in the 18th move with Anupama Gokhale.

Bhagyashree Thipsay’s lost her third consecutive game to Aarthie . S. Vijayalakshmi overpowered V Rajalakshmi to take the third place. (PTI)

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