Meghna stuns Abhijit Kunte to share lead with six others

Asian junior silver medallist C. H. Meghna stunned ninth seeded Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte to be the lowest rated player among the seven leaders after three rounds of the Commonwealth chess championship on Thursday.

C. H. Meghna stunned Abhijit Kunte on Thursday.   -  Special Arrangement

Asian junior silver medallist C. H. Meghna stunned ninth seeded Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte to be the lowest rated player among the seven leaders after three rounds of the Commonwealth chess championship on Thursday.

Even as the top three boards ended as draws, Vishnu Prasanna, Debashis Das, V. Karthik, S. Nitin, R. R. Laxman and Pravin Thipsay maintained their all-win record to share the lead.

Top seed Deep Sengupta was held by former National champion G. Akash, young Sammed Shete proved equal to Deepan Chakkravarthy and reigning National champion M. R. Lalit Babu split the point with K. Ratnakaran.

In what was the biggest surprise of the day, Meghna outwitted Kunte in their Sicilian Defence game. Following a series of exchanges, the former National champion was staring at a position where his young rival was armed with an extra rook. He resigned after playing the 38th move.

The results

Third round (Indians unless stated): G. Akash (2.5) drew with Deep Sengupta (2.5); Sammed Shete (2.5) drew with Deepan Chakkravarthy (2.5); M. R. Lalit Babu (2.5) drew with K. Ratnakaran (2.5); Niranjan Navalgund (2) lost to Vishnu Prasanna (3); Debashis Das (3) bt Koustav Chatterjee (2); Aaryan Varshney (2.5) drew with Swapnil Dhopade (2.5); V. Karthik (3) bt Watu Kobese (RSA, 2); P. Karthikeyan (2.5) drew with Mary Ann Gomes (2.5); Moksh Doshi (2.5) drew with Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh (2.5); S. Nitin (3) bt P. V. Nandhidhaa (2); R. R. Laxman (3) bt G. M. H. Thilakarathne (Sri, 2); Praveen Thipsay (2) bt C. Lakshmi (2); C. H. Meghna (3) bt Abhijit Kunte (1.5); Vaibhav Suri (2.5) drew with Rajesh Nayak (1.5); M. S. Thej Kumar (2) drew with Sambit Panda (2.5); Arpita Mukkherjee (2) drew wth S. Kidambi (2).

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