Chennai girls M. Mahalakshmi and R. Vaishali won golds at the World youth chess championship in Slovenia on Monday.
While Mahalakshmi, a former under-12 World bronze medallist, lifted the under-4 girls’ title, her citymate Vaishali walked away with the under-12 girls’ honours. India also won the bronze medals in both the age groups, through G.K. Monnisha (under-14) and Savant Riya (under-12).
Silver for Aravindh, Girish
Meanwhile, Madurai’s Aravindh Chithambaram (under-14 open) and Mysore’s Girish A. Koushik (under-16 open) won silver medals.
Arvindh was tied with American Troff Kayden at the end of the 11-round event but the latter, who had a better tiebreak score, took the gold while the Indian got the silver.
Open: U-16: 1. Eliseev Urii (Rus, 9 pts), 2. Girish A. Koushik (Ind, 8.5), 3. Chigaev Maksim (Rus, 8), 8. S.L. Narayanan (Ind, 7.5); U-14: 1. Troff Kayden (USA, 9 pts), 2. Aravindh Chithambaram (Ind, 9); U-12: 1. Sevian Samuel (USA, 9), 2. Wheeler Cameron (USA, 9), 6. Harsha Bharathakoti (Ind, 8); U-10: 1. Nguyen Anh Khoi (Vie, 11), 2. Sargsyan Shant (Arm, 9), 3. L.N. Ram Aravind (Ind, 8.5).
Girls: U-14: 1. M. Mahalakshmi (Ind, 9 pts), 2. Nino Khomeriki (Geo, 9), 3. G.K. Monnisha (Ind, 8), 4. Ivano Maria Furtado (Ind, 8); U-12: 1. R. Vaishali (Ind, 9), 2. Zhansaya Abdumalik (Kaz, 8.5), 3. Riya Savant (Ind, 8.5).