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Chess tie, round 2 throws up brainy 39

Thirty-nine budding players, including 13 girls, posted emphatic wins in round two on Tuesday, Day Two of Everest 26th National Under-11 Chess Championship at Agrasen Bhavan in Sakchi, Jamshedpur.

Over 200 participates from across India, most with All-India Chess Federation ratings, are playing in this tie hosted by Jamshedpur Chess Academy under All Jharkhand Chess Academy. It does not follow the knockout system of elimination, giving children a chance to sharpen their wits across 11 rounds based on the Swiss format and earn points.

In round two, V.S. Rathnavel (rated 2,033) and R. Vaishali (1,950) from Tamil Nadu outwitted home state’s K. Marthandan (1,607) and M. Tejasvi (1,413) of Andhra Pradesh.

Other boys who won were K.S. Raghunandan (2,019) of Karnataka, Rakesh Kumar Jena (1,961), Sankalp Baliar Singh (1,786) of Odisha and Mitrabha Guha (1,925) of Bengal.

Nitish Belurkar from Goa, rated 1,857, signed a truce with Tamil Nadu’s G. Vikram, rated 1,572. Maharashtra’s Rahul Shukla (rated 1,772) played a draw against Andhra Pradesh’s S.V.S. Rohit (rated 1,544).

Among girls, winners were Bidhar Rutumbara of Odisha, Tarini Goyal of Chandigarh and Arpita Mukherjee of Bengal, with ratings of 1,682, 1,674 and 1,630, respectively. Non-rated player Anvitha Kumari from Andhra Pradesh created an upset by playing a draw with Makhija Aashna of Maharashtra, rated 1,448.