10-year old, CM Aditya Mittal of Maharashtra has taken sole lead with a full score of 7 points after as many rounds in SBI Life 5th National Amateur Chess Championship in progress here at Thakur College of Science & Commerce, Kandivali.

In just concluded 7th round, 4th seeded Aditya defeated his co-leader, 6th seeded Rajesh Upadhyay in 36 moves from the white-side of King's Indian Defense and has now emerged as clear favorite to take the title and a berth in the World Amateur Chess Championship to be held at Italy in April 2017.

The defeat has pushed Rajesh Upadhyay to the 2nd spot and is now occupying it jointly with top-seeded Ameya Audi of Goa, 2nd seeded, V S Raahul of Tamil Nadu, Kedar Morvekar, CM Raahil Mullick, Aditya Guhagarkar and Omkar Kadav of Maharashtra 

The other notable result was 10-year old CM Raahil Mullick who defeated seasoned campaigner, Niklesh Kumar Jain (Madhya Pradesh) in just 29 moves from black side of King's Indian attack.

This 11-round tournament has attracted a total of 251 players from 16 states across India to decide the National Amateur (ELO 2300) of India and it is being conducted by Indian Chess School under the aegis of All India Chess Federation.

Key Results of Round 7:

Bo.   White Rtg Pts. Result  Pts.   Black Rtg
1 CM Aditya Mittal  2040 7 Beat  6   Upadhyay R  1949
2   Devansh Ratti  1814 Lost to 6   Raahul V S  2062
3   Audi Ameya  2089 6 Beat  5 AIM Sivasubramanian R  1658
4   Morvekar Kedar  1728 6 Beat  5   Smaraki Mohanty  1936
5   Niklesh Kumar Jain  1908 5 Lost to 6 CM Mullick Raahil  1568
7   Kapadi Yash  1605 5 Lost to 6   Kadav Omkar  1865
8   Gangan Ashutosh  1594 5 Lost to 6   Aditya Guhagarkar  1817