Divya Deshmukh is the golden girl for India

divya-enjoying-wccc2017By T.J. Suresh Kumar

Divya Deshmukh drew with top seeded Rakshitta Ravi in the eleventh and final round to win the title in the U-12 girls section at the world cadets chess championship 2017 that concluded on Thursday at Pocos de Caldas in Brazil.

Divya scored a total of 9.5 points to give India its only medal in the world cadets chess championship this year. Rakshitta Ravi finished eighth with 7 points. Bhagyashree Patil finished 15th with 6.5 points. Dhayana Patil scored 6 points to finish 18th.

In the U-12 open section, M. Pranesh scored 7.5 points to finish 11th. S. Rohith Krishna finished 16th with 7 points. Manish Anto Cristiano scored only 6 points to finish 32nd.

In the U-10 girls section, M. Sahithi Varshini finished seventh with 7.5 points. B. Savitha Shri scored 7 points to finish 10th. Rohilla Shivika finished 19th with six points.

In the U-10 open section, H. Bharath Subramaniyam drew his game in the last round to finish fourth with 8 points. Dev Shah defeated Shahil Dey to finish sixth with 8 points. Shahil came 13th with 7 points, while Praneeth Vuppala finished 21st with 6.5 points.

In the U-8 girls category, A. N. Shefali finished 11th with 6.5 points. Sneha Halder and R. Saineha scored 6 points to finish 17th and 19th respectively.

In the U-8 open section, A. R. Ilamparthi drew his final round game to finish fourth with 8 points. Priansh Das and Daaevik Wadhawan finished 10th and 11th with 7.5 and 7 points respectively.