Ivana, Anurag finish in the prize list!
Ivana Maria Furtado and former Goa State Champion
Anurag Mhamal did Goa proud by finishing in the
prize list of the National Under 13 Chess Championships
which concluded at the Vellore Institute of Technology
at Vellore today.
In the Girls Section, Ivana finished 13th with a tally
of 7.5 points. More importantly she finished ahead
of arch rival M. Mahalakshmi of Tamil Nadu who had
won the Asian Under 10 Girls Championship earlier
this year. Dempo Brand Ambassador Ivana also finished
ahead of former World Champion Cholleti Sahajasri of
Andhra Pradesh and considering that this category is
two age groups higher than her usual category (Under 9)
this has to be considered as a tremendous performance.
In the Boys section, Anurag finished with 8 points and
in 14th place. At one stage he was 4 points after four
rounds and in the joint lead. Nevertheless, this is a creditable
showing by the student of Akash Thakur of Maharashtra.
He finished ahead of Asian Under 12 Champion Girish
Kaushik of Karnataka which goes to show the relative
strength of this highly competitive tournament.
Next up for Woman Candidate Master Ivana will be the
prestigious Singapore Open and the Malaysian
Open tournament next month. She will be accompanied by
her coach Woman Grandmaster Aarthie Ramesh and we
can expect another terrific performance from her!
Other Goan participants (with points tally and final placing)
Sampada Barve 5.5 pts 64th place
Riya Sawant 5.5 pts 66th place
Niraj Saripalli 7.5 pts 31st place
Pranav Zantye 6.5 pts 68th place
Anirudh V. Bhat 6.5 pts 77th place