BANGALORE: Top seed N. Sanjay of Income-Tax, Bangalore won the Malleswaram Association FIDE rated State chess championship, which concluded here on Sunday.

After winning the first seven games, he drew with Naveen S. Hegde and G.A. Stany in the final two rounds to take his tally to 8.5 points.

Arvind Shastry, who drew with Sriram Sarja, finished second while the latter finished third. Thej Kumar took the fourth spot.

The following received special prizes: U-8: Satvik M.; U-10: Girish A. Koushik; U-14: Prachura P.P.; Women: Pavithra Jagathap; Veteran: Raghuraman N.R. Tungabhadra Minerals Ltd. GM E. Srinivas gave away the prizes.

Final standings:

1. N. Sanjay (8.5), 2. Aravind Shastry (8), 3. Sriram Sarja (8), 4. Thej Kumar M.S. (7.5), 5. Naveen S. Hegde (7.5), 6. Aniketh Pawshe (7.5), 7. Stany G.A. (7.5), 8. Antonio Viani D'Cunha (7.5), 9. Sushruta Reddy (7.5) and 10. Gahan M.G. (7.5).

The results: Round 10: Stany G.A. (7.5) drew with N. Sanjay (8.5); Aravind Shastry (8) drew with Sriram Sarja (8); Antonio Viani D'Cunha (7.5) drew with Naveen S. Hegde (7.5); Girish A. Koushik (6.5) lost to M.S. Thej Kumar (7.5); Gahan M.G. (7.5) bt Ajith M.P. (6.5); Aniketh Pawshe (7.5) bt Balkishan A (6.5); Sushruta Reddy (7.5) bt Bharadwaj H.G. (6.5);

Suraj M. (7) bt Prachura P.P. (6.5); Chandrashekar T.R. (6) lost to Vikram Saralaya (7); Upendra K. (7) bt Manjunath Jain (6). Round 9: N. Sanjay (8) drew with Naveen S. Hegde (7); Thej Kumar (6.5) lost to Aravind Shastry (7.5); Sriram Sarja (7.5) bt Aniketh Pawshe (6.5); Ajith M.P. (6.5) drew with Girish A. Koushik (6.5); Manjunath Jain (6) lost to Antonio Viani D'Cunha (7); Stany G.A. (7) bt Raju M. (5.5); Suraj M. (6) drew with Niranjan Navalgund (6); Balkishan A. (6.5) bt Yashas D. (5.5); Akshata Bhat (5.5) lost to Sushruta Reddy (6.5); Gahan M.G. (6.5) bt Nagesh R. (5.5). Special Correspondent

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