Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh emerged as the National Under-9 chess champions here on Thursday.

Nihal won the boys’ event with nine points from 11 rounds, the same as R. Pragnanandha and Dhanush Bharadwaj, who finished second and third respectively.

Divya took the girls’ crown with 9.5 points. Mrudul Dehankar and Rakshita Ravi were placed second and third respectively, with 8.5 points each.

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