GUWAHATI, March 25 - After completion of the fifth round six players � Y Dhanabir Singh, Neelabjyoti Borthakur, Appolosana Mangam Rajkumar, Dhrupad Kashyap, Trailokya Nanda and Aarohon Bharadwaj are leading the table with 4.5 points each in the 3rd Assam down town University International Open Rating Chess Tournament here today.
In the fifth round, playing on the second board with black pieces, youngster Aarohon Bharadwaj of GTC Chess Foundation played draw against 3rd seed and former Assam and Northeast champion Santanu Borpatra Gohain. Another youngster Dhrupad Kashyap of Assam Chess Club defeated Amlan Mahanta after a hard fought battle in which Amlan blundered in the ending due to severe time pressure.
In the 6th round game Neelabhjyoti Borthakur of Jorhat faces Y Dhanabir Singh of Manipur on the top board while Dhrupad Kashyap of Assam Chess Club will challenge second seed Appolosana Mangang Rajkumar on the second board. On the third board Trailokya Nanda will be up against in form Aarohon Bharadwaj of GTC Chess Foundation.
With another four rounds to go, the tournament is wide open for all the players in the lead and it will be interesting to see if the senior seeded players will be able to maintain their top billing or will be outplayed by the young emerging local players of the State.