Manuel Aaron

Antalya: Ivana Furtado did India proud by retaining the World under-8 girls’ title at the end of the eleventh and final round of the World Youth chess championships on Wednesday.

Apart from Ivana, Prince Bajaj and Shalmali Gagare won bronze medals in the boys’ under-10 and under-14 girls’ championships.

Ivana had the better of Zhansaya Abdumalik of Kazakhstan and won two pawns and a rook for a knight.

The Kazakh girl repeatedly asked for a draw. Ivana agreed to a draw in a totally won position.

Champions and top Indian standings:

Boys: U-8: 1. Konstantin Savenkov (Rus); 10. Harshal Shahi; 15. Arjun Bharat; 17. G.V. Revanth Reddy; U-10: 1. Wang Ton Sen (Chn); 3. Prince Bajaj; 8. Vaibhav Suri; 13. Shardul Gagare; 15. CH Mohineesh; 17. Girish Koushik; U-12: 1. Naroditzky (USA); 13. Sahaj Grover; 23. Shiven Khosla; U-14: Sjugirov (Rus); 10. N. Srinath; 17. S.P. Sethuraman; 19. Vidit Gujrathi; 21. Prasanna Rao; U-16: 1. Chirila (Rom); 11. S. Nitin; U-18: 1. Ivan Popov.

Girls: U-8: 1. Ivana Furtado 8.5; 8. P. Preethy; 10. C.H. Meghna 6.5; U-10: 1. Styazhkina (Rus); 11. M. Mahalakshmi 6.5; 19. U. Ashwini; U-12: 1. Efroimsky (Isr); 2. Priyanka Kumari 6.5; 14. J. Vaishnavi; 16. B. Pratyusha; U-14: 1. Nazi Paikidze (Geo); 3. Shalmali Gagare; 6. Padmini Rout; 10. Mohana Priya; 15. NLV Anusha 6.5; U-16: 1. Tsatsalashvili (Geo); 21. P. Uthra; U-18: 1. Valentina Gunina (Rus); 6. Mary Ann Gomes; 14. R. Preethi.

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