Mumbai: India’s R Praggnanandhaa emerged because the unconquered king within the World Youth Chess Championship, claiming the coveted gold within the Underneath-18 Open right here on Saturday.
The 14-year-old Grand Grasp from Chennai etched out a cautious draw within the 11th and remaining spherical in opposition to Valentin Buckels (Germany) to prime the charts with 9 factors. He, nevertheless, must thank compatriot IM Arjun Kalyan for engineering a vital draw in opposition to prime seeded Shant Sargsyan (Armenia).
Praggnanandhaa would have been beneath strain if Grand Grasp Shant had received; however Shant couldn’t unravel a decided Arjun, permitting Praggnanandhaa to name truce and annex the title.
The Championship ended on a excessive notice for India, with six different medals, together with three silver, coming their manner. Solely the Underneath-16 Ladies proved elusive for India, though BM Akshaya gave an excellent account of herself. Akshaya misplaced the medal to Anousha Mahdian, after struggling an surprising defeat to her within the remaining spherical.
The nation’s Underneath-14 Ladies had been the toast of the day, with Divya Deshmukh and Rakshitta Ravi bringing house two medals. High seed WIM Divya, who gave the impression to be out of rivalry halfway by means of the occasion, pulled off a nicely thought out victory within the final spherical to clinch the silver.
Rakshitta too beat in a single day chief Bat-Erdene Mungunzul on the highest board to earn the bronze. Kazakhstan’s Meruert Kamalidenova, nevertheless, was the star of this class, reeling off 5 straight wins to clinch the gold medal.
FM LR Srihari (Underneath-14 Open) and Vantika Agrawal (Underneath-16 Ladies) collected the nation’s different two silver medals, taking part in out attracts of their respective matches. Vantika had an outdoor likelihood of pocketing the gold, particularly after prime seed Polina Shuvalova (8.5) settled for a draw; Vantika (8), nevertheless, couldn’t beat Alexandra Obolentseva of Russia to complete half a degree behind the eventual winner.
Srihari (8), who was in rivalry for the gold firstly of the penultimate day, endured attracts within the final two rounds to slide to the second place. S Maralakshikari received the bronze, after beating the shock bundle of the championship, R Abinandhan.
CM Aronyak Ghosh (8) claimed the opposite bronze for the nation within the Underneath-16 Open after drawing with Iran’s Arash Daghli. He’ll, nevertheless, look again on the WYCC as a missed alternative, after accepting a fast draw within the penultimate spherical.