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Dhanabir takes lead

Guwahati, March 27: Day Five of the of the first RGS International Rating Chess Tournament at the Royal Global School here saw Manipurís Y. Dhanabir Singh take sole lead with 7.5 points at the end of the eighth round.

Dhanabir is on a winning streak, having got the better of three higher seeded players in the last three rounds. Close on his heels are Sudhir Kumar Sinha of Bihar and Debashish Mukherjee of Bengal with seven points each.

A group of four players ó Fide master Saurav Khedkar of Maharashtra, Nikhilesh Jain of Madhya Pradesh, Santu Mondal of West Bengal and B. Shekhar of Tamil Nadu are in third position with 6.5 points each.

Rajib Dhar on six points is the only player from Assam playing in the top 10 table.

Earlier in the morning, vice-president of Assam Olympic Association D.D. Khound inaugurated the seventh round.

The tournament, organised by Assam Chess Club and Guwahati Chess Association, will come to an end tomorrow with the completion of the 10th round.

Body-building: The Assam Body-building Association has announced an eight-member team for the Senior National Body-building Championship to be held at Cooch Behar in Bengal from March 28 to 30.

Grand Prix: The 12th and final edition of the GTC Chess Grand Prix 2013-2014 will be held at Gauhati Town Club on Sunday.

This will be the final edition for the 2013-2014 session and the overall Grand Prix winner and runner-up will be declared after this edition.