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Chennai ‘A’ clinches National Cities title

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WINNING MOVES:Chennai 'A' team, which won the14th National Cities chess championship at Kottayam on Thursday.
WINNING MOVES:Chennai 'A' team, which won the14th National Cities chess championship at Kottayam on Thursday.

Despite R.R. Laxman, the lone Grandmaster here, leaving midway through the championship to play an event in Spain, Chennai ‘A’ won the National Cities chess title here on Thursday.

The top-seeded Chennai ‘A’ tied with its city-mate Chennai ‘B’ with 15 match points at the end of the eight-round tournament but won the title because of its superior game score.

“Our narrow victory over Bangalore (second seed) in the fourth round and the draw against Chennai ‘B’ turned the championship in our favour,” said Naveen Kumar (CDA) of Chennai’ A’ after collecting the trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 40,000 which was sponsored by the Kanjirapally-based Karippaparambil family. The others in the victorious team were ICF’s International Masters P. Karthikeyan, C. Praveen Kumar and Velammal’s N.R. Vignesh. Bangalore, the second seed and a former Cities National champion, finished third while Calicut ‘A’ and Cochin ‘A’ took the next two spots.

K.N.R. Namboodiri, Sports Editor, Malayala Manorama , gave away the prizes.

The results (final round): Chennai ‘A’ bt Alappuzha ‘A’ 4-0; Cochin ‘A’ lost to Chennai ‘B’ 1-3; Bangalore bt Kottayam ‘C’ 3.5-0.5; Vizag lost to Calicut ‘A’ 1.5-2.5; Kottayam ‘A’ drew with Trivandrum 2-2; Kottayam ‘B’ bt Thrissur 4-0; Pathanamthitta lost to Cochin ‘C’ 1-3; Hyderabad bt Kottayam ‘D’ 3-1; Kottayam ‘E’ drew with Ernakulam Kids 2-2; Kottayam ‘F’ lost to Cochin ‘B’ 1.5-2.5; Alappuzha ‘B’ bye.

Final placings: 1. Chennai ‘A’ (15 match points, 27 game points), 2. Chennai ‘B’ (15, 25), 3. Bangalore (12, 22), 4. Calicut ‘A’ (10, 20), 5. Cochin ‘A’ (9, 19.5), 6. Trivandrum (9, 17), 7. Kottayam ‘B’ (9, 17), 8. Kottayam ‘A’ (9, 16.5), 9. Alappuzha (9, 15.5), 10. Vizag (8, 18.5).


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