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11 share lead on Day 1

Guwahati, June 25: Altogether 11 players shared the lead with two points each after the first two rounds of the Rajat Chandra Sarma Smriti Shastri and Kamini Priya Devi Guwahati Chess Championship, an open tournament, that got under way on the Gauhati Town Club premises here today.

Altogether 41 players, including 21 internationally rated ones, are participating in the seven-round Swiss league tournament.

The meet assumes significance because the Guwahati team will be selected for the forthcoming All-Assam Chess Championship 2014.

The event carries cash prizes for the top five players, along with a running trophy for the champion.

Both rounds played today did not witness any upset.

In the top 10 boards of the second round played today, top seed Bipin Singh, playing with white pieces, defeated state under-9 champion Dhrupad Kashyap, while second seed Prodip Bhuyan played with black pieces to beat Rajesh Kalita. Third seed Pranab Kumar Nath outwitted Bhabisnup Pranti Bordoloi, Chiraranjan Bhuyan got the better of Shahil Dey, Biswajit Bharadwaj outsmarted Manthan Kashyap Datta, Ravikant Tiwari prevailed over Debanga Kalita, Sahajahan Ali outplayed Pragya Dixit, Gunajit Khataniar beat Dhanjanjya Kumar Tiwari, Sankar Tiwari outwitted Kishor Kumar Deka and Deba Kumar Das got the better of Prandeep Bhattacharjya.

The third and fourth round games will be played at 9am and 2pm respectively tomorrow. Salina Masum, as the chief arbiter, is conducting the tournament.

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