Indian chess players Pranav Anand, Ilamparthi win titles | Chess News

MAMAIA (Romania): India Pranav Anand and AR Ilamparthi emerged champions in the Open Under-16 and Under-14 categories respectively in the World Youth Chess Championship here Friday.
Top seed Anand, who on Thursday became the country’s 76th grandmaster, scored nine points in 11 rounds to emerge as the clear winner. He was half a point ahead of the rest of the peloton.
Anand’s compatriot M Pranesh, who was the second seed, finished third with eight points and three more.
Anand went unbeaten through 11 rounds and recorded seven wins apart from four draws. He drew his 11th and final game against Frenchman Droin Augustin after scoring against Armenian Emin Ohanyan in round 10.
Pranesh, meanwhile, has recorded six wins and four draws. However, a loss at the hands of Ohanyan in the sixth round hurt his title shots.
Like Anand, Ilamparthi was half a point ahead of the rest of the field with 9.5 points in 11 laps. Although he lost to Ukrainian Artem Berin in the fourth round, he won nine games and drew one to claim the top prize.
In the Under 18 Open event, Sohan Kamotra took 14th place with 7 points while S Harshad (6.5 points) had to settle for 24th place.
Among the girls, Mrittika Mallick finished fourth in the girls under 14 section with 8 points. Also, Anupam M Sreekumar and HG Pragnia seventh and eighth place respectively.
In the women’s under-18 event, S Kanishka with 7.5 points took sixth place while Rakshitta Ravi finished eighth, also with the same number of points.

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