The final round script followed an expected course with Bengal’s Sayantan Das and Goa’s Ivana Furtado settling for draws to win the National junior chess titles here on Thursday.
Sayantan, seeded four, played out a 33-move draw with second seed S.L. Narayanan (Kerala) to top the field following a tally of 9.5 points from 11 rounds.
He remained unbeaten and finished half a point clear of former champion Tamil Nadu’s Aravindh Chithambaram.
In the girls’ section, Ivana drew with TN’s G. K. Monnisha to reach nine points. Though defending champion and second seed Rucha Pujari matched Ivana’s tally by beating TN’s M. Mahalakshmi, the Goan girl took the title on superior tie-break score.
The results (11th round):
Open: Sayantan Das (Ben, 9.5) drew with S. L. Narayanan (Ker, 8); Praneeth Surya (AP, 7.5) lost to Aravindh Chithambaram (TN, 9); Prince Bajaj (Del, 7) lost to Prasanna Rao (Mah, 8); M. G. Gahan (Kar, 7.5) drew with P. Lokesh (TN, 7.5); Saumil Padhya (Mah, 7.5) drew with Pratik Patil (Mah, 7.5); Akash Iyer (TN, 7.5) bt Mithil Ajgaonkar (Mah, 7); J. Yohan (Ker, 6.5) lost to N. R. Visakh (TN, 7.5); Niranjan Navalgund (TN, 7.5) bt Krishna Teja (AP, 6.5); Ankit Gajwa (MP, 6.5) lost to Gireman Ja (TN, 7.5); Antonio Viani D’cunha (Kar, 7) bt Roshan Rangarajan (Mah, 6.5).
Girls: Ivana Furtado (Goa, 9) drew with G. K. Monnisha (TN, 7); M. Mahalakshmi (TN, 8) lost to Rucha Pujari (Mah, 9); Michelle Catherina (TN, 8.5) bt Madhurima (Del, 6.5); J. Saranya (TN, 7) lost to Parnali Dharia (Mah, 7.5); V. Varshini (TN, 6.5) lost to Supriya Joshi (Mah, 7.5); Shristi Shetty (Kar, 6.5) lost to Anigani Kavya (AP, 7.5); G. Lasya (AP, 6.5) drew with Sunyasakta (Odi, 6.5); N. L. V. Anusha (AP, 7) bt Shweta Gole (Mah, 6); Meenu Priya (TN, 7) bt Smaraki Mohanty (Odi, 6); Srija Seshadri (TN, 6.5) bt Hinduja Reddy (AP, 5.5).