S. Arun Prasad

10. S. Arun Prasad: Seeded 25; Rating 2374; Performance of 2410 against opponents with an average rating of 2235. A gain of eight rating points.

THE reigning Asian junior boys' champion came up with a fine unbeaten showing to earn his maiden qualification. After a slow start, Arun's campaign gained momentum from the seventh round with victories over M. K. Panigrahi, Tanmoy Patnayak, K. Ratnakaran and Vikramaditya Kamble. Three friendly draws with fellow qualifiers saw the youngster make it with deserving ease.