Chess: Karthikeyan Murali draws with Koustav: Mendonca noses ahead in Asian Continental

Harpal Singh Bedi

Tsegmed & Mendonca (Photo by Shahid Ahmed)

New Delhi:Two-time national champion Karthikeyan Murali was held to a draw by Koustav Chatterjee on top board while top seed Praggnanandhaa and second seed Narayanan S L got better off Pranesh M and Urazayev Arystanbek of Kazakhstan respectively at the end of the third round of the Asian Continental Chess Championship here at the Leela Ambience.

Grandmaster (GM) Leon Luke Mendonca defeated Mongolian GM Batchuluun Tsegmed to emerge as the sole leader. Mendonca capitalized on most of the opportunities offered by his rival and took the point home.

In the women’s section, top seed Tanaia Sachdev, who defeated Kiran Manisha Mohanty is among to ten players are now sharing the lead with two half points.

International Master  (IM) Saina Salonika shocked second seed Nomin Erdene Davaademberel of Mongolia. It was second defeat for the Mongolian in three matches as she suffered a setback in the opening round against Kurmangaliyeva. 

International Master Soumya Swaminathan was held to a draw Kazakhstan’s Liya Kurmangaliyeva  .


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