AICF International Women's Grandmaster tournament: Divya reigns supreme

She scored eight points from 11 rounds to secure the title and prize money of Rs 1.5 lakh.

“My aim is to become a Grandmaster as soon as possible,” said Divya Deshmukh.   -  special arrangement

Indian prodigy Divya Deshmukh won the 2019 Velammal-AICF Woman Grandmaster round robin chess tournament here on Monday.

She scored eight points from 11 rounds to secure the title and prize money of Rs 1.5 lakh. This is the first tournament win in the open category for the 2017 under-12 World champion. “My aim is to become a Grandmaster as soon as possible,” said the 13-year-old later.

The results: Round 11: P. Michelle Catherina 7.5 lost to Osmak Iulija (Ukr) 7.5; Divya Deshmukh 8 bt Chandreyee Hajra 2; Sapale Saloni 4.5 drew with Aakanksha Hagawane 6.5; Munguntuul Batkhuyag (Mgl) 7 bt Babiy Olga (Ukr) 6; V. Varshini 3 lost to Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh (Mgl) 5.5; Franco Valencia Angela (Col) 3.5 drew with Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kaz) 5.

Final standings: 1. Divya Deshmukh 8.0 points; 2. Iulija Osmak (Ukr 7.5); 3. P. Michelle Catherina (7.5); 4. Batkhuyagiin Möngöntuul (Mgl, 7); 5. Aakanksha Hagawane (6.5); 6. Olga Babiy (Ukr, 6).

7. Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya (Mgl, 5.5); 8. Guliskhan Nakhbayeva (Kaz, 5); 9. Saloni Sapale (4.5).

10. Angela Franco Valencia (Col, 3.5); 11. V. Varshini (3); 12. Chandreyee Hajra (2).