By Our Sports Reporter
IMPHAL, Jun 29 : E Shashi have secured the pole position with 7 points after round 8 at the ongoing 4th Kh Ramnarayan Shastree Memorial State Level Chess tournament being organised by Juvenile Club under the aegis of Manipur Chess Association at the club's auditorium at Tera Sapam Leirak as T Somorendro and RK Apollosana who faced off at table number ended up sharing 1/2 point each.
E Shashi gained the top place after his rival H Somokanta resigned in the 48th move at the table no 2 clash today. He will face T Somorendro (6.5 pts) at table number one in a decisive match tomorrow while RK Apollosana (6.5) will take on Th Govin at table number 2. G Inao, K Poireikhomba, H Somokanta, A Chakritombi, Th Govin Luwang and A Keshorchandra remained the close competitors with 6 points each at the end of Round 8 while Th Nabachandra, A Harimohan, S Dhanachandra and H Maniton are following them with 5.5 points each.