National U-14 chess: Telangana boy Praneeth wins title

V. Praneeth (10 points) defeated Delhi’s Sankalp Kukreja in the 11th and final round to emerge victorious.

V. Praneeth (10 points) defeated Delhi’s Sankalp Kukreja in the 11th and final round to win the title.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Telangana’s V. Praneeth (10 points) defeated Delhi’s Sankalp Kukreja in the 11th and final round to win the National
(under-14) online rapid chess title on Friday.

In fact, Rajasthan’s Vranshank Chouhan (9.5) did Praneeth a favour by beating the 10th round joint-leader Sandip Nagare to become the runner-up. Sandip topped an eight-player tie for third place at nine  points.

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The girls’ under-14 section begins on Saturday.

Final standings (after 11 rounds): 1 V. Praneeth (Tel, 10 points), 2. Vranshank Chouhan (Raj, 9.5); 3-10. Sandip Nagare (Mah), A. R. Ilamparthi (TN), Sankalp Kukreja (Del), Harsh Suresh (TN), Bhavesh Mahajan (Punjab), Mohamad Imran (AP), Om Manish Kadam (Mah) and Sahib Singh (Del) (9 each).

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