Top-seeds Ram Aravind and Priyanka Nutakki sailed into the second round of the National Under-11 Open and Girls Chess Championships,on Monday.
In both categories,all the seeded players advanced smoothly to round two with full point in their kitty on the opening day of the championships at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex.
In the open section,Ram Aravind of Tamilnadu,started his championship campaign with an easy outing against team mate Dharshan P while second seed Saurabh Anand also began with a bang as he overcame his rival Debanga Kalita of Assam without much struggle.
Meanwhile in the girls’ category,Priyanka Nutakki from Andhra Pradesh started in style as she overpowered her Delhi rival Kaamyaa Negi in the first round encounter.
Second seed and local favourite Vantika Agrawal registered a comfortable victory over team mate Shruti Kakar. A total number of 181 players in Open and 101 in girls section from 26 states are participating in the championship.