Masuda Begum (Barisal) and Nazrana Khan Eva (Manikganj) took joint lead in the preliminary phase of the 31st National Women Chess Championship with five points after the 6th round matches at the Chess Federation hall room on Friday.
Five players share the 2nd slot with 4.5 points each. They are WFM Zakia Sultana, Jahanara Haque Runu, Shamiha Sharmin Shimmi, Mahmuda Haque Chowdhury Molly and Roksana Titli.
Seven players are in joint 3rd position with four points each. They are Dilara Jahan Nupur of Kushtia, Protiva Talukder (Rajshahi, Amena Khatun (Moulvibazar), Feroza Haque Chowdhury Popy, Aeon Sarkar, Tahmina Akter Tisha and Tanzina Akter Tani.
In the 6th round matches, Masuda drew with Runu, Eva beat Protiva, Molly beat Mehnaz Ahmed Mithila, Zakia drew with Shimmi, Titli beat Amena, Dilara beat Lipi, Tisha beat Farjana Hossain Anne, Aeon beat Jannatul, Popy beat Zohratul Jannat, and Tani beat Feroza.
The 7th round matches start today (Saturday) at 3:30 pm at the same venue.
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