Humpy misses GM norm, Tejas winner

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> India's Tejas Bakre wins the First Saturday GM Chess tournament title played in Budapest.

Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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World junior champion Koneru Humpy missed her third Grandmaster norm narrowly as she finished fourth while her fellow Indian Tejas Bakre won the First Saturday GM Chess tournament title played in Budapest. Suffering initial set backs by losing the first two rounds of the category IX tournament, Humpy drew with Williams Paschall (USA) in the last round to finish fourth with 7.5 points while she required nine points to get the third GM norm. Winning five games and splitting points in five, gave Humpy the 7.5 points as she lost the remaining three games of the 13-round championship. The 14-year-old ninth class student was aspiring for the third GM norm at an younger age than her idol Judit Polgar. Consistency paved way for Tejas to win the title with 9.5 points and he picked up his second GM norm while second seed GM Berkes Ferenc (Hungary) finished second with nine points, Yugoslav GM Zlatoko Ilincic was placed third with eight points and Humpy was in fourth place with 7.5 points after the last round. (PTI)

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