Asian Chess Championship: Praggnanandhaa Outwits Karthikeyan; Nandhidhaa Manages To Retain Lead


In a lengthy chess match spanning six hours, R. Praggnanandhaa came out on top after outwitting his sparring partner, two-time national champion M. Karthikeyan on Tuesday. The chess icon from Tamil Nadu now has 5.5 points after seven rounds of the Asian Chess Championship currently taking place in New Delhi.

Praggnanandhaa joined Harsha Bharathakoti, Koustav Chatterjee, and Shamsiddin Vokhidov in the lead after two rounds.

As for the women’s section, P. V. Nandhidhaa (6) lost half her overnight lead after taking on former champion Padmini Rout. Priyanka (5.5), meanwhile, defeated Nilufar Yakubbaeva of Uzbekistan to move up to second place

After beating Nisha Mohota with lady luck in her favour, Soumya Swaminathan (5) was able to move up to the third place, sharing the spot alongside Padmini and National champion Divya Deshmukh.

Asian Chess Championship Leading 7th Round Results:


  • S. L. Narayanan (5) drew with Harsha Bharathakoti (5.5)
  • R. Praggnanandhaa (5.5) bt M. Karthikeyan (4.5)
  • S. P. Sethuraman (4.5) lost to Shamsiddin Vokhidov (Uzb, 5.5)
  • Aravindh Chithambaram (4.5) lost to Koustav Chatterjee (5.5)
  • B. Adhiban (5) drew with Saparmyrat Atabayev (Tkm, 5)
  • Makstat Atabayev (5) drew with Leon Mendonca (5)
  • Aditya Mittal (4.5) drew with Abhimanyu Puranik (4.5)
  • Raja Rithvik (4.5) drew with V. Pranav (4.5)
  • Sammed Shetty (4.5) drew with Shyam Sundar (4.5)
  • Arystanbek Urazayev (Kaz, 4) lost to Karthik Venkataraman (5)
  • Rinat Jumabayev (Kaz, 4) drew with M. Pranesh (4.5)


  • P. V. Nandhidhaa (6) drew with Padmini Rout (5)
  • Nilufar Yakubbaeva (Uzb, 4) lost to N. Priyanka (5.5)
  • Mary Ann Gomes (4.5) drew with Vantika Agrawal (4.5)
  • Rakshitta Ravi (4) lost to Divya Deshmukh (5)
  • Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie, 4.5) drew with Vo Thi Kim Phung (Vie, 4.5)
  • Soumya Swaminathan (5) bt Nisha Mohota (4)
  • Tania Sachdev (4) drew with Liya Kurmangaliyeva (Kaz, 4)
  • C. Sahajasri (4.5) bt Saina Salonika (3.5)
  • Srija Seshadri (4) drew with Amina Kairbekova (Kaz, 4)
  • Sakshi Chitlange (3.5) lost to Kiran Manisha Mohanty (4.5)
  • Srishti Pandey (3.5) lost to Eesha Karavade (4)