Nagpur: At the end of fifth round, Swapnil Shah of Mumai emerged sole leader with five points on the third day of National Open Chess Championship for Blind at Bank of India hall, RPTS road on Friday.
Shah was followed by Milind Samant, Venkat Reddy, Prasanna Kumar with 4.5 points. On top board Shah outwitted city mate Amit Deshpande. On second board, top seed Ashvi Makwana defeated Narendra Salavkar. On third board, Milind Samant recorded victory over Tijan Gawar. Vaishali Salavkar defeated better rated Venkat Reddy.
Results (round 5): Amit Deshpande (4) lost to Swapnil Shah (5), Ashwin Makwana (4.5) bt Narendra Salavkar (3.5), Milind Samant (4.5) bt Tijan Gawar (3.5), Vaishali Salavkar (3.5) lost to Venkat Reddy S (4.5), Ashok Parekh (0) lost to Prasanna Kumar M (4.5), Pramod Padhare (3) lost to Vikas Shitore (4), Rajesh Nimbulkar (3) lost to Sunil Sasane (4), Kumar Raja CJ (4) bt Rahul PAwar (3), Sachin Badane (3) lost to Viral Trivedi (4). chess for blind Swapnil Shah makes a move during third round of National Chess Tournament for blind on Friday.