K'taka players shine

Young chess players from Karnataka made their mark at the Asian Youth Championships in Iran on Wednesday, with three of them -- Girish Koushik, Raghunandan K S and Ananya Suresh -- claiming gold medals.

The Championship was conducted in Standard, Rapid and Blitz formats.  
Mysorean Girish scored 7.5 points out of maximum possible nine points in Standard format, winning the gold medal in the U-16 open category. He also clinched a silver in the rapid format, scoring six points out of seven. Bangalore boy Raghunandan scored 7.5 points out of nine to emerge champion in the standard format for under-12 (open).

Raghunandan has been a top performer over the last three years, winning the State under-9 title in 2010, the Asian school under-12 title in 2012,  and the State under-11 titles in 2011 and 2012.

Ananya, from Kodagu, claimed the gold in the under-14 girls Rapid section, with a total of 6.5 points out of seven. Ananya also picked up a bronze in the Standard segment.

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