Soham and Bhagyashree become National Under-18 Chess Champions

This is probably the first time a player from Jammu and Kashmir has won the national title

This is probably the first time a player from Jammu and Kashmir has won the national title

Soham Kamotra (J&K) and Bhagyashree Patil (Maharashtra) as expected won the open and women’s crown of the 31st MPL National Under-18 Chess Championship on Saturday at the Dr Mahalingam CET campus.

Soham and Bhagyashree drew in their final rounds to score 9.5 and 10 points respectively for the title. This is probably the first time a J&K player has won the national title.

IM LR Srihari and AR Ilamparthi, both from the host state, finished second and third in the open section. V. Rindhiya and S. Kanishka did the same for girls.

Mr. Manickam, chairman of the Sakthi Group and chairman of the state association, presented the awards.

Important results (final round):

To open: S. Harshad (TN) 8 tied with Soham Kamotra (J&K) 9.5; Krishnan Ritvik (Mah) 8 drew with LR Srihari (TN) 9; Apoorv Kamble (Kar) 8 draws with B. Vignesh (TN) 8; Rakshith Srinivasan (Kar) 7 lost to AR Ilamparithi (TN) 8.5; John Veny Akkarakaran (Ker) 7 lost to Dinesh Kumar Jaganathan (TN) 8.5.

Girls: K. Sindhusree (TN) 7.5 tied with Bhagyashree Patil (Mah) 10; V. Rindhiya (TN) 9 bt Yashvi Jain 7; Chinnam Vyshnavi (AP) 8 tied with S. Kanishka (TN) 8; Vakcheri Mohitha (AP) 7.5 tied with Keerti Shree Reddy (TN) 7.5; Sachi Jain (Del) 8 bt Anupam M. Sreekumar (Ker) 7.

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