Bhakti stops Rucha’s winning streak to share lead

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2011, 21:51 PM IST

Margao: Woman Fide Master Bhakti Kulkarni (2289) crushed Rucha Pujari, also a WFM (2145) of Maharashtra with black pieces, stopping her winning streak in the 26th junior(u-19) girls Chess and 41st National Junior(U-19) open Championship 2011, played at Indoor Sports Hall, Fatorda, on Saturday.

Bhakti who won the game in 61 moves now share the lead with Rucha with 6 points each.

Ivana Furtado and WFM Pon Nkrutikha(2044) of Tamil Nadu played out a quick draw after 13 moves on second board. She is on 5.5 points along with WFM Pon Nkrutikha(2044) of Tamil Nadu, Pratusha Bordda (2062) of Andhra Pradesh, A Akshaya (1989) of Tamil Nadu, WFM Saranya J of Tamil Nadu and Lasya G (1949) of Andhra Pradesh.

In the open sections, IM P Shyam Nikhil(2418) of Tamil Nadu, FM Diptyan Ghosh (2288) of West Bengal and IM Priyadarshan K (2376 )of Tamil Nadu share the lead with six points each at the end of the seventh round.