Harikrishna wins World Junior Chess title

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Grandmaster P Harikrishna emulated Viswanathan Anand by winning the World Junior Chess Championship with 10 points after the 13th and final round today.

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Grandmaster P Harikrishna emulated Viswanathan Anand by winning the World Junior Chess Championship with 10 points after the 13th and final round today. Russia's Ekaterina Korbut, with 10.5 points, won the girls under-20 championship being held alongside. Anand, Harikrishna's idol, had won the title in 1987 in Baguio, Philippines and GM Koneru Humpy had won the girls world junior crown in 2002. In the last round, the 18-year-old Indian drew with top seed GM Ferenc Berkes of Hungary in catalan defence in 50 moves. On the second board, Zhao Jun of China, who was jointly leading with Hari, after the penultimate round, lost to Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland in a closed sicilian opening in 49 moves. Fourth seed GM Tigran Petrosian of Armenia defeated IM Elshan Moradiabadi of Iran in catalan defence in 37 moves. Petrosian took the second spot on better progressive score than China's Zhao Jun who had to be content with the third slot. (PTI)

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