Asian chess: Indian win eight gold

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Indians dominated the Asian Youth Chess Championships by winning gold medals in all eight categories at the event.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Indians dominated the Asian Youth Chess Championships by winning gold medals in all eight categories at the event. In addition, four silver and six bronze medals meant that as many as 18 of the 24 medals on offer went to Indians. Iran followed with a tally of three medals while Vietnam got two and UAE picked up one. S Nitin won the gold medal in the Boys' U-14 championship. None of the three overnight leaders - Aditya Vikas, Shahin Koohestani and S. Nitin - won the last round. While Nitin drew against Amir Azemati, Aditya and Shahin went down to AR Salem and B Adhiban respectively. With his rivals following by the wayside, the draw was enough to give Nitin top spot. Adhiban recovered from his earlier reverses to clinch the silver, while Salem (UAE) bagged the bronze. Bhakti Kulkarni picked up the gold medal in the Girls' U-14 category with a last round win against Aida Radfar. Mitra Hejazipour (Iran) pipped Pon Krutthika for the silver medal. While Mitra scored over Anu Bayar in the last round, Krithika had to be content with the bronze as she drew against F Setareh. In the U-12 Boys' Championship, Vidit Gujarathi lost the last round to Ch Mehar Chinna Reddy but won the gold anyway due to superior tie-break. Chinna Reddy's final surge in the tournament with three wins in the last three rounds sufficed for him to pick up the silver. Prasanna Rao, who led through most of the event, lost the last round to VAV Rajesh but his better tie-break enabled him to pick up the bronze medal. Padmini Raut won the gold in the Girls' U-12 category. She kept her cool in the last round and defeated Supriya Joshi to take her tally to 7.5 points, one point more than silver medallist, Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vietnam). The bronze went to Mohana Priya. G Saikrishna won the gold medal in the Boys' U-10 category. He drew the last round against Amir Kausarinia ensuring that he stayed at the top of the pack with eight points. Utkal Ranjan Sahoo who drew with compatriot R Eswar won the silver, while the bronze medal went to Amir Kousarinia (Iran) who scored 6.5 points. Ch Sahaja Sri continued her winning run to crown a superb performance with a last round victory over Darya Vassova in the Girls' U-10 Championship. She won the gold medal with a perfect score of nine points. Do Hoang Minh Tho (Vietnam), who defeated Ataewi Aatekeh to reach a score of 7.5 points, won the silver. The bronze medal went to B Prathusha with seven points following her last round win against Hakimifar Rana. Prince Bajaj maintained his full point lead over his nearest rival to win the gold medal in the Boys' U-8 championship. He scored over Mersad Khodashenas to take his tally to eight points, one more than silver medallist Ahmad Asgarizadeh (Iran), who bagged the silver medal with a last round victory over Ch Mohineesh. M Satvik took the bronze medal with 6.5 points by defeating Mohd Shaikh. Sweety Patel was another perfect scorer as she won the last round against Keemia Ghaziasharif of Iran to win the Girls' U-8 championship. She finished two points ahead of silver medallist Ivana Furtado and three points ahead of U Ashwini, who got bronze. Ivana and Ashwini defeated M Khasahabijadeh (Iran) and N Niloofer respectively. (PTI)

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