Jennitha Anto Wins Gold Third Time

Jennitha Anto Wins Gold Third Time
By Arvind Aaron

Woman International Master K Jennitha Anto of Tamil Nadu, won the 15th IPCA World Individual Chess Championship that concluded at Bratislava, Slovakia on Thurssday.

In the combined event for the disabled, Jennitha won three, lost three and drew three to score 4.5 points from her nine games. Overall, in the Open (men and women) event, Jennitha, the wheelchair player from India finished seventeenth among 38 players to be the top finisher among women and win the gold medal.

Jennitha Anto won this crown first in 2013 and this is her third gold medal. This time she was lucky as three players scored the same 4.5 points but her tie-break score was higher. Chennai’s FIDE Trainer K Visweswaran is her coach.

After the final round, a 10-board World v Russia match took place. Jennitha Anto was picked to represent the World team. She beat her Russian opponent and helped the World Team to win by a huge 6.5-3.5 margin.

The medal winners: 1 WIM K Jennitha Anto 4.5/; 2 Sataveva Lana (Rus) 4.5; 3 WIM Galina Melnik (Rus) 4.5.