Raghunandan, Swathi triumph

Raghunandan, Swathi triumph

Raghunandan KS (left) and Swathi Bhat KM

Raghunandan, who held a one-point lead heading into the final round, defeated Pranav G Reddy to emerge champion with 7.5 points while Swathi, despite drawing her final match against Aditi N Rao, took the girls crown after finishing the tournament with 5.5 points.

Ankit Varun J and Hanan Rouf -- the boys’ and girls’ runners-up -- will join Raghunandan and Swathi to represent Karnataka in the upcoming National championships.
Final standings (Under-9):

Boys: Raghunandan KS (7.5 points) 1; Ankit Varun J (6.5) 2; Ashwin J (6.5) 3; Shet Prajwal P (6) 4; Vibhuv Reddy P (6) 5; Subramanya PJ (6) 6; Pranav G Reddy (5.5) 7; Manoj B Kulkarni (5.5) 8; Siddharth Beedu (5.5) 9; Shreyash A Kulkarni (5.5) 10.

Girls: Swathi Bhat KM (5.5) 1; Hanan Rouf (5) 2; Aditi B Rao (4.5) 3; Ojasi Gopikrishna (4) 4; Ashmita Kirana Raju (3.5) 5; Ashwija Bharanya (3.5) 6.

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