Bhakti wins; Nitish, Cyrus up

 

WGM Bhakti Kulkarni defeated Madhurima Shekhar (1959) of Delhi to move on 5.5 points at the end of  8th round at Commonwealth Chess championship in Chennai, Wednesday. 
CM Nitish Belurkar, Anirudh Bhat, Cyrus Pereira, Rishubh Naik and Rajaryan Kuvelkar are on five points each. Nitish defeated Gopalakrishnan (2003) of Indian Bank, Anirudh defeated WIM Sai Meera (2122) of Indian Bank, Cyrus defeated Dhiffot Nicolas (1678) of Canada, Rishubh defeated Aansh Gupta (1652) of Delhi, Rajaryan lost to Deepak Katiyar.
WIM Ivana Furtado, Ritviz Parab, Rohan Ahuja, Ameya Audi, Shane Braganza and WCM Riya Savant are on 4.5 points each. Anant Prabhudesai, Gauri Hadkonkar and M. Barath are on four points each. Suyan Belurkar, Sharmad Bodke, Adittee Prabhugaonkar and Krystal Fernandes are on 3.5 points each.
Riddhi Zantye, K Tushar, Urvi Bandekar, Saiesh Audi and Aishwarya Thorat are on three points each. Faiziya Khan, Pawan Vernekar and Alaina Pereira are on 2.5 points each. Swera Braganza and Gunjal Chopdekar are on two points each. [H]