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Manipur players excel on Day 4

Yohan J. (left) of Kerala takes on Y. Dhanabir of Manipur in Guwahati on Wednesday. Telegraph picture

Guwahati, March 26: Manipur sprang a surprise on the top boards on Day Four of the first RGS International Rating Chess Tournament at the Royal Global School here today.

Round six of the championship witnessed some major upsets on the top tables.

Khumukcham Sanjoy Singh of Manipur defeated top seed Deepthamsh Reddy M. in a closely contested match. Reddy was under severe time pressure and made some tactical errors that resulted in his defeat.

On the fifth board, Y. Dhanabir Singh of Manipur outplayed higher seeded Navalgund Niranjan of Tamil Nadu in a keen contest.

At the end of round six, four players Yohan J. of Kerala, Y. Dhanabir and Khumukcham Sanjoy Singh of Manipur and Sekar B. of West Bengal were leading with 5.5 points each. A dozen players are on five points each.

Altogether 214 players, including 127 international rated ones, are competing in the 10-round Swiss League event with prize money of Rs 5 lakh on offer. The event is being organised by Assam Chess Club and Guwahati Chess Association and supported by Akshayam, a city-based NGO. The event will conclude on March 28.

Boxer selected: Jamuna Boro of Assam has been selected to represent India at the AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing championship to be held at Sofia in Bulgaria from April 20 to 25.

Table tennis: The Mohan Chandra Das and Sarala Bala Das All-Guwahati inter-club table tennis and Guwahati open table tennis championship is being organised by Guwahati Sports Association at ABITA Indoor Hall Stadium here from April 6 to 8.