Karthikeyan wins Asian Junior Chess C' ship

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Mumbai, Dec 21: P Karthikeyan today pipped his fellow Indian Aswin Jayaram to win the Asian Junior Chess Championship in the boys section at Goregaon Sports Club here.

Karthikeyan and Jayaram both finished with seven points at the end of nine rounds, but the former was declared the champion as his progressive score was better than that of Jayaram.The last round saw top two boards fighting for the title. On the first board, Jayaram was having half point lead but, still needed to win the game to emerge as a winner as his progressive score was very low. Meanwhile, on the second board, Karthikeyan playing with white pieces won his game against Vishnu Prasanna to move to seven points.

Still, he was not sure that he will emerge as a winner as the game on the first table was on. Karthikeyan won the title when Jayaram drew his game against Shyam Sunder and both finished on same seven points with the former winning on a better progressive score.

Top seed GM Parimarjan Negi could not find his form and finally finished fourth.

Though Vishnu Prasanna, who was leading till round five was not able to come in the list, he managed to complete his maiden IM norm and Karthikeyan got IM title and GM norm by winning the competition.

In girls section, Mary Ann Gomes, who was already sure of winning the title won her game with Kruttika Nadig to finish with 8.5 points.

On the second board, Padmini Rout defeated WIM Saumya Swaminathan to finish runner-up. WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty defeated S Harini to finish third.

Mary got her third WGM norm and hence got her WGM title by wining the championship.

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