Asian Youth Chess: Indians bag 21 medals

Indian chess players ended the Asian Youth championships on a high note.

updated: July 25, 2008 09:39 IST
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Tehran (Iran):

Indian chess players ended the Asian Youth championships on a high note, grabbing 21 medals, including six gold, here.

M Mahalakshmi expectedly won the Gold medal in the under-8 girls section while after initial hiccups, Women International Master Padmini Rout won her last two games to emerge as the gold medallist in the under-14 girls.

The other Indian Girl to win the gold was P Uthra, who was quite impressive in the under-18 girls' section.

Amongst the Indian boys, Diptayan Ghosh annexed the crown in the under-10 category, Girish Koushik was a worthy winner in the under-12 while Prasanna Rao won the under-14 to make it six Gold medals in all for the Indians in 12 championships organized simultaneously.

It turned out to be a complete Indian rout in the under-14 boys and Under-10 Girls wherein, all the six medals at stake were taken by the Indians.

Winning the silver and bronze in the under-14 boys were Vidit Gujarathi and Ankit Rajpara while in the under-10 girls' twice under-8 girls world champion Ivana Furtado finished second and the third spot was bagged by G K Monnisha.

Interestingly, there was not even one category where the Indians came empty handed.

Tejaswini Sagar won the silver medal in the under-8 girls while erstwhile leader in the boys section, Y Grahesh had to be content with a Bronze.

Sidhant Mahapatra made it a double for India in the under-10 boys bagging the bronze while in the under 12 boys it was a similar story with Sidhant Mahapatra coming in third position.