In a fitting finale, top seeds Tamil Nadu’s Ram Aravind and Andhra Pradesh’s N. Priyanka signed off with resounding victories in the final round of the National under-11 chess championship here on Tuesday.
Aravind scored over Goa’s M. Barath to tally 10 points in the open section while Priyanka did the same in the girls’ category after stopping Tamil Nadu’s C. Lakshmi.
With nine victories and two draws, Aravind remained unbeaten in the 11-round championship. Rahul Srivatshav (AP) and Saurabh Anand (Bihar) followed in that order after being part of a four-way tie at 8.5 points.
Among the girls, Delhi’s Vantika Agrawal came second with nine points.
The results (11th and final round): Open: M. Barath (Goa, 8) lost to Ram Aravind (TN, 10); Saurabh Anand (Bih, 8.5) bt Rahul Srivatshav (AP, 8.5); Bhavik Bhamrambe (Mah, 8) lost to Aansh Gupta (Del, 8.5); R. Praggnanandhaa (TN, 8) drew with S. Adithya (TN, 8); Neelash Saha (Ben, 8.5) bt Aronyak Ghosh (Ben, 7.5); Vatsal Singhania (Jha, 7.5) lost to Koustav Chatterjee (Ben, 8); Samal Ansuman (Ori, 8) bt P. Iniyan (TN, 7); R. Prajesh (TN, 8) bt Pranab Kumar Patra (Ori, 7); Subhasis Barik (Ori, 7.5) drew with Rudraksh Parida (Ori, 7); Anshul Nigam (Jha, 6.5) lost to Sankarsha Shelke (Mah, 7.5).
Girls: C. Lakshmi (TN, 7.5) lost to N. Priyanka (AP, 10); Krystal Fernandes (Goa, 7.5) lost to Vantika Agrawal (Del, 9); Anwesha Mishra (Ori, 8) bt M. Tejasvi (TN, 7.5); Salonika Saina (Ori, 8) bt Rutvi Shah (Guj, 7); Adyasa Mahapatra (Ori, 7.5) drew with Samriddhaa Ghosh (Ben, 7.5); Riddhi Zantye (Goa, 7.5) bt Shyamshree Sarkar (Ben, 7); Palkin Kaur (Del, 7.5) bt Arushi Kotwal (J&K, 6.5); B. M. Akshaya (AP, 6.5) lost to Sanskriti Goyal (UP, 7.5); Divya Deshmukh (Mah, 7.5) bt Bidisha Roy (Jha, 6.5); S. Pooja (TN, 7.5) bt B. Kalyani (AP, 6.5).