Mumbai: Grandmaster P. Harikrishna of Andhra Pradesh was leading the menís section with three points at the end of the third round in the national A chess championships here on Sunday. But GM Dibyendu Barua was defeated by GM Abhijit Kunte playing the Catalan opening.
International Master S. Kidambi, playing black, opened with Caro Kann defence to get a creditable draw against GM K. Sasikiran while Sachchidanand Soman tasted defeat at the hands of IM Tejas Bakre.
In the womenís section, WGM S. Vijayalakshmi had a smooth sailing against J.E. Kavita while WIM Swati Ghate defeated Krutika Nadig in 34 moves.