KARACHI  - Reigning Champion Mahmood Ahmed Lodhi, National Master Raees Ansari and Asif-ur-Rehman are on the top with three points apiece on the second day of 28th National Chess Championship by winning their third round matches at a local hotel Hall on Tuesday.

International Master Mahmood Lodhi of Punjab bidding for his 13th title got a walkover against Shafiq Senior, who failed to turn-up for his match.  Asif-ur-Rehman of Hyderabad also maintained his winning sequence when he beat Nawaz Zehri of Baluchistan while Raees Ansari of Sindh also chalked out his third successive win when he defeated Sajid Moosa of Balochistan.