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World School Chess Championships results

report about chess in Singapore

Hosts Singapore made an incredible comeback in the last round of the 4th World Schools Championships 2008 to emerge as overall winners with a total tally of 9 gold, 8 silver and 9 bronze medals to make their parents, country and trainers proud, informs FIDE.com

Favourites India, with a much smaller delegation too a very credible second with 6 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals while Indonesia took thrid place with 3 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals.

The Open U-17 section was the hardest fought, with the medal winners only separated by tie-break and FM Terry Chua emerging champion. WFM Bhakti Kulkarni was the top finisher amongst the girls and was declared Girls U-17 champion.

In the Open U-15, top seed CM Daniel Chan (SIN) who started badly put together a string of impressive wins against his rivals to edge Timothy Chan (SIN) on tiebreak after long time leader Shen Chuan-Qi (SIN) was upset in the last round.

The Girls U-15 was much less dramatic with WIM Cori T Deysi (PER) cruising home with two rounds to spare.

In the Open U-13, Cori Jorge (PER), rated 2381, was an impressive winner, only dropping his last round game when already champion.

Things were much closer in the Girls U-13 with Shite Chelsie Monica (INA) catching Anjana Krishna S (IND) and then beating her on tie-break to take the honours.

In the Open U-11, Sanal Vahap (TUR) was a runaway winner as was the case in the Girls U-11 where Medina Warda Aulia (INA) also posted an 8.5/9 score to win with one round to go.

Very young talent was on show in the Open U-9 and Girls U-9 with Arjun Bharat (IND) and Ivanka Maria Furtado (IND) made perfect scores while outclassing their opposition.

In the Open U-7, Acosta Cubides Jorian Jared (COL) edged out Nathan Mar (SIN) by the smallest of tie-breaks but in the Girls U-9 it was a different story with Bansi Prathima Muthyala (IND) dominating her competition with 9/9.

Please go to www.worldschools2008.blogspot.com for full results.

The 10-day world championship was organised by the Singapore Chess Federation, managed by Intchess Asia, and co-hosted by Teck Ghee Community Club.

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