International Master Nitin is in the lead after Round 7 of the Chennai Open Chess.

Nitin Senthilvel leads the field with 7 points after seven rounds in Chennai Open International Grandmaster competition . Nitin defeated B Vignesh on the top board after a long-fought 99-move victory .

CHENNAI (CHENNAI) — International Master Nitin Senthilvel hasn't put his foot down in the upcoming 13th Chennai Open International Grandmaster competition on Thursday.Nitin leads the field with 7 points after seven rounds.Nitin defeated B Vignesh on the top board after a long-fought 99-move victory.Both players gave it their best, though Nitin rose to the challenge in the middle of difficulties to score the full game.

Nitin was trailing behind him in the second place, with Russian GM Savchenko Boris, the top seed, and Indian IM LR Srihari, who had 6.0 points.International Master Srijit Paul (Elo 2399) went down to Daakshin Arun (Elo 1927) in the middle of the day.Srijit omitted a sacrifice that culminated in a check-mate.It was also Srijit's second loss in a row to a lesser-rated player.

On Friday, Nitin will meet Savchenko in the eighth round on the top board.Srihari will face Aronyak Ghosh in the Super Bowl.Results (Round 7): Nitin S (7.0) bt Vignesh B (5.5), Fedorov Alexei (Belarus) 5.5 drew with Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam) 5.5, Konguvel Ponnuswamy (Armenia) 5.5 drew with Deepan Chakkravarthy J (5.5), Srijit Paul (5.5) lost to Daakshin Arun (5.5),