Varshini emerges champion

 Varshini V of Tamil Nadu emerged champion with a round to spare in the girls section of the 26th National Open and girls under-17 chess championships here on Saturday.

Varshini overcame Aditee Prabhgaonkar of Goa in the 10th round to take her tally to an unassailable 9.5 points.

Meanwhile in the Open section, West Bengal’s Rajdeep Sarkar and Vaishali R of Tamil Nadu shared the top spot with eight points each at the end of 10th round.

Results (top 10): Open: WFM Vaishali R (TN, 8 points) drew with Krishna Teja N (AP, 7); FM Rajdeep Sarkar (WB, 8) drew with Dhananjay (Chha, 7); Muthaiah Al (TN, 7) bt Pranavananda V (AP, 7); Barath Kalyan M (TN, 6) lt to Kumaran B (TN, 7); Erigaisi Arjun (Tel, 6) lt to Karthik V (AP, 7); Athul Krishna S (Ker, 6) lt to Shailesh Dravid (Mah, 7); Harikrishnan A (TN, 7) bt Jayakumaar S (TN, 6); Sai Vishwesh C (TN, 6) drew with Dhanush Bharadwaj (Kar, 6); Adhithya S (TN, 6) drew with Vaisnav M (TN, 6); Rajarishi Karthi (TN, 6) drew with Rahul Srivatshav P (Tel, 6).

Girls: Prabhugaonkar Aditee Aman (Goa, 6.5) lt to WFM Varshini V (TN, 9.5); Toshali V (AP, 7.5) bt     Vantika Agrawal (Del, 7); WFM Mahalakshmi M (TN, 7.5) bt WFM Potluri Supreetha (AP, 6); Divya Lakshmi R    (TN, 7) drew with Smaraki Mohanty (Odi, 6.5); Thamaraiselvi P (TN, 6.5) bt WFM Bidhar Rutumbara (Odi, 5.5); Potluri Saye Srreezza (Tel, 6) drew with Senthamizh Yazhini S (TN, 6); WCM Swera Ana Braganca (Goa, 5.5) lt to Shah Vishwa (Mah, 6.5); Kavitha PL (TN, 6) drew with Abirama Srinithi G (TN, 6); WCM Isha Sharma (Kar, 6.5) bt Jadhav Vaibhavi (Mah, 5.5); Sreelakshmi M Sunilkumar (Ker, 5.5) lt to Varsha CR (TN, 6.5).

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