Nagpur’s Divya wins gold in World Cadet’s Chess Meet

The 11-year-old, seeded third, won eight games and drew three rounds en route to her title. Her gold medal was confirmed after USA’s Matus Nastassja lost to Lhotska Anna.

Divya Deshmukh with the trophy.

Divya Deshmukh clinched the gold medal in the girls’ u-12 category of the World cadet chess championship here on Thursday. Deshmukh remained unbeaten in the championship, garnering 9.5 points along the way.

The 11-year-old, seeded third, won eight games and drew three rounds en route to her title. Her gold medal was confirmed after USA’s Matus Nastassja lost to Lhotska Anna.

The Nagpur-based girl had already assured herself of a silver medal after beating Uzbekistan’s Maftuna Bobomurodova in 38 moves in the 10th round. Three other Indians in the event, M. Sahithi Varshini (u-10 girls), Bharath Subramaniyam (u-10 open) and A.R. Ilamparthi (U-8 open) missed a medal finish by a narrow margin.