Chess Gurukul takes advantage on day 1 of the Indian Chess League

CHENNAI: Team Chess Gurukul composed of a young GM R Praggnanandhaa and national champion Aravindh Chithambaram He took the lead on the first day of the Indian League on Friday.

With 16 points after five rounds, Chess Gurukul is at the top of the point table.

Desi Boys is in second place with 14.5 points followed by Undercover Agents and Superkids, both with 14 points.

Chess Gurukul, captained by noted coach and GM R B Ramesh, rode on impressive performances by Praggnanandhaa and Chithambaram, who both scored four points each. After a 3-2 win over Chess Gyan in round one, Chess Gurukul had to share honors with Desi Boys in a 2.5-2.5 result as Chithambaram was outwitted by fellow GM Vaibhav Suri .

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In other games, Chess Gurukul defeated Chess Pathshala 3-2 before defeating Cheeky Cheetahs 4-1 and Superkids 3.5-1.5.

Young GM D Gukesh, who turned out for the Five Fighters, collected three points from his five games, but his team is in sixth place with 11.5 points.

Around 25 Indian Grandmasters participate in the three-day tournament that is played in blitz format.

Among the main names participating are GM SP Sethuraman, Nihal Sarin Karthikeyan Murali, Tania Sachdev and Surya Sekhar Ganguly , apart from Praggnanandhaa and Gukesh.