Aditya, Darsana win U-7 titles
Second seed Arya Bhakta of Bengal scored 9.5 points and finished second after tying for the first place. Samyak of Tamil Nadu finished third after receiving the free final round point from champion Aditya.
M.S. Darsana of Erode in Tamil Nadu won the National Under-7 Girls championship with a 9.5/11 score. She lost to B Aswatha and drew Kaamya Negi and beat the rest. She scored 3.5/4 against the four rated opponents she faced. She started as the 21st seed without a rating!
Final placings (tie-break order):
Open: 1-2. Aditya Mittal (Mah), Arya Bhakta (WB) 9.5/11 each; 3 L Samyak (TN) 9; 4 Samant Aditya (Mah) 8.5; 5-7. Vallabh Kavi (Mah), Nikhil Magizhnan (TN), Sagnik Chakraborty (WB) 8 each…102 players.
Girls: 1 M.S. Darsana (TN) 9.5/11; 2-3. Tanisha Boramanikar (Mah), Sanskruti Wankhade (Mah) 9 each; 4-6. Kaamya Negi (Del), Mahi Amit Doshi (Guj), Bhagyashree Patil (Mah) 8 each…61 players.