Rich haul for India

The Indians performed the best in the blitz section, in which they claimed 10 medals.

Divya Deshmukh... superb show.   -  The Hindu Photo Library

India won 26 medals in all at the Asian Youth Chess championship at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Indians performed the best in the blitz section, in which they claimed 10 medals.

They won eight medals each in the classical and rapid sections. Divya Deshmukh (Under-12) from Nagpur was the standout performer, as she took the gold in the classical and blitz sections, besides winning the silver in the rapid event.

Chennai girl R. Vaishali (Under-16) wasn’t far behind as she clinched the gold in the rapid and blitz events, besides taking the bronze in the classical variety. Her younger brother R. Pragnananda also scored a double, emerging as the champion in the classical and blitz sections

The other gold-medallists from India were Anwesha Mishra (Under-14) in the classical category, R. Vaishali (Under-16) in the rapid section and V. Varshini (Under-18).

The medallists:


Boys: Under-12: R. Pragnananda (gold). Under-16: P. Iniyan (silver).

Girls: Under-16: Harshita Guddanti (silver); R. Vaishali (bronze). Under-14: Anwesha Mishra (gold); Khushi Khandelwal (bronze). Under-12: Divya Deshmukh (gold). Under-10: Aditya Mittal (bronze).


Boys: Under-18: N. Krishna Teja (bronze). Under-16: Mitrabha Guha (silver). Under-10: Nikhil Magizhnan (silver).

Girls: Under-18: V. Varshini (bronze). Under-12: Divya Deshmukh (silver). Under-16: R. Vaishali (gold); Harshita Guddanti (silver). Under-10: Sanskruti Wankhade (silver).


Boys: Under-18: N. Krishna Teja (sliver). Under-12: R. Pragnananda (gold); Raunak Sadhwani (silver). Under-10: Shahil Dey (bronze).

Girls: Under-18: V. Varshini (gold); P. Supreetha (bronze). Under-16: R. Vaishali (gold). Under-14: Vantika Agrawal (bronze). Under-12: Divya Deshmukh (gold); Mrudul Dehankar (bronze).

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