No gold for India in world under-12 chess

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> India's Saheli Nath was beaten in the crucial penultimate round of the World Under-12 Girls Chess Championship in Spain.

Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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There will be no gold medals from Oropesa for India this year. Saheli Nath was beaten in the crucial penultimate round of the World Under-12 Girls Chess Championship. However, Harika can hope for a silver medal if things go right for her in the last round. The top board game in the Under-12 Girls section was between two Chinese girls. Shen Yang beat Shuyu Ding to take a clear one point lead over Harika and Ignacz of Hungary. The best that Harika can do is to tie with Shen Yang if the Chinese falters against top seed Woman International Master Kateryna Lahno of Ukraine in the last round. Harika herself has to beat Katherine Pelletier of USA which may not be difficult. In the event of a tie for top place, the progressive score would decide. Harika and Shen Yang have the same progressive score, but on breaking the tie further, the Chinese would edge out Harika by a whisker. Apart from Saheli and Harika, the other Indians to perform creditably are: Dhyani Dave (7 in Under-10 Girls), Sankalp Modwal, Th Gobin Luwang (both Under-10, 6.5 points), Vijay Keerthi and G.Rohit (both U-12, 6.5 points). In the Under-14 Girls, Mongolia's Batkhuyag Mongontuul was leading with full score upto the eight round. Then she suffered two defeats in a row and is relegated to sharing the second spot. However, three other girls had already won the World Championships in their categories. Last year's Under-10 Girls champion Tan Zhongyi (China) has won the same category again. Shen Yang (China) and Sopio Gvetadze (Geo) are assured of the titles in the Under-12 and Under-18 categories. (PTI)

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