Bhubaneswar: After the end of the fifth round Thursday, three players were leading the field with five points in The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship, Bhubaneswar leg, being played in Gymnasium-cum-Indoor Hall, Sahid Nagar.
Three players were closely following the leaders on 4.5 points.
On the top board Kiran Manisha of Aurovinda School, playing black against Anwesha Upadhyay of Stewart School (Bhubaneswar), opted for the Sicilian Scheveningen Variation and got an advantage in the opening which she turned into a win in the middle game.
On the second board Swayams Mishra of Stewart School (Cuttack) faced the Modern Defence employed by Chinmayee Misra of Saraswati Sisu Vidya Mandir. Chinmayee got the exchange in the 23rd move but was unable to get any advantage.
On the other hand, Swayams played very actively and slipped in an unstoppable passed pawn for which Chinmayee had to give up a rook. Ultimately, Chinmoyee resigned on the 49th move.
The 15th seed Novneet of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1 (Bhubaneswar) continued to create upsets, this time defeating sixth seed Sambhabi Patnaik of Blessed Sacrament HS, Puri.
Sambhabi went for the Sicilain Defence and obtained an equal position. She made a fatal move in the middle game and resigned on the 46th move.
There were two major upsets in the fourth round. Third seed Aurovind Khuntia (3) lost to 14th seed Anwesha Upadhyay (4) in a Queen’s Gambit Declined game. In another encounter, 15th seed Novneet (4) beat fourth seed Thompson Sahoo in a Caro Kann Defence, Classical Variation.
TOP BOARD RESULTS
FIFTH ROUND: Anwesha Upadhyay (4) lost to Kiran Manisha Mohanty (5); Swayams Mishra (5) bt Chinmoyee Mishra (4); Sambhabi Patnaik (4) lost to Navneet (5); Sourav Mohapatra (4.5) drew Debashish Das (4.5); Utkal Ranjan Sahoo (3.5) lost to Khitendra Prateem Dalai (4.5).
FOURTH ROUND: Kiran Manisha Mohanty (4) bt Saket Sagar Dash (3); Pratik Barik (3) lost to Swayams Mishra (4); Aurovind Khuntia (3) lost to Anwesha Upadhyay (4); Novneet (4) beat Thompson Sahoo (3); Bharat Bhushan Mohanty (3) lost to Debashish Das (4).