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Gold for Sai Srinivas, silver for Abhijit and bronze for India

NEW DELHI AUG. 10. Dasari Sai Srinivas claimed a gold medal and Abhijit Gupta snatched a silver while helping India to the team bronze in the World Youth (under-16) Chess Olympiad which concluded at Denili, Turkey, on Sunday.

Hungary won the gold easily with a tally of 29.5 points, comfortably ahead of Ukraine (28).

After the 10th and final round, India reached 27.5 points by beating Greece 3.5-0.5 while Russia remained half a point behind after beating Iran by a similar scoreline.

Last year, when this event for introduced, India had missed the team medal by a whisker, but G. Rohit and Abhijit had brought home a gold and silver, respectively, as board prizes.

This year, with Rohit short of his best form, another Andhra boy Srinivas claimed the honours on the reserve board with a tally of 4.5 points from five outings.

Abhijit, on the fourth board, scored seven from nine rounds and tied with Hungary's Denes Boros for the silver. But Abhijit, supported by the Bhilwara Group, was presented the silver on the basis of scoring of more number of victories. The gold was claimed by Russia's Pavel Ponkratov who posted 7.5 points from eight matches.

On the other boards, Akshayraj Kore, Rohit and Deep Sengupta were less than impressive.

The field of 24 teams included girls teams from India and the host.

The team comprising Mahima Rajmohan, Kruttika Nadig, Mary Ann Gomes, Saheli Nath and Kiran Mohanty finished 14th after scoring 19 points.

The standings (top five): 1. Hungary 29.5 points; 2. Ukraine 28; 3. India 27.5; 4. Russia 27; 5. Georgia 25.

Indian performances: Board One: 8. Akshayraj Kore 6/10; 21. Mahima Rajmohan 2/7; Board Two: 8. Kruttika Nadig 6/10; 9. G. Rohit; Board Three: 5. Deep Sengupta 5.5/8; 10. Mary Ann Gomes 5/9; Board Four: 2. Abhijit Gupta 7/9; 15. Saheli Nath 3.5/9; Board Five: 1. Dasari Sai Srinivas 4.5/5; 6. Kiran Mohanty 2.5/5.