Kaustuv Kondu of West Bengal, Sharsha Becker of Kerala and Kishor Kumar Jagannathan are jointly-leading at the end of the 8th round of 3rd TTCA All India FIDE Rating Chess Tournament in progress at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji. In a a three-way fight for the title, all players are locked on 7 points apiece with one round to go.
IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni of Maharashtra, IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam & Prasanna S of Tamil Nadu, Arpan Das of West Bengal, are in joint-second position with 6.5 points
Niraj Saripalli, Atharv Nitin Narayan & Aryan Raikar of Goa, FM Sohan Phadke & FM Saurav Kherdekar of Maharashtra, Mohit S of Tamil Nadu, Anilkumar OT & Joy Lazar of Kerala, Ajay Santosh Parvatareddy, Sandeep Santosh Roneet Das , Maheshwaran P, Hemanth Ram, Anshul Mehta are in the 3rd position with 6 points.
In some of the important results – Kaustuv Kondu drew with Chandar Raju, Sharsha Becker beat Ayush Pednekar, IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni defeated Kishor Kumar Jagannathan of Tamil Nadu, Prasanna S beat Mandar Lad, Roneet Das drew with FM Maheshwaran P, Arpan Das beat Vivaan Ballikar, Hemanth Ram drew with Anshul Mehta, Niraj saripalli won with Krishna Karthik, Sohan Phadke defeated Joy Kakodkar, FM Saurav Kherdekar beat Amar Godbole, Sanjay Thakural beat Mohit S, Anilkumar O T defeated Rishikesh Parab, Joy Lazar beat Prakash Vaishnavi.
The last and final round will be played tomorrow at 9.00 am.