Saturday, August 16, 2008

Harika wins World Junior Girls Chess title

Gaziantep (Turkey) : International Master Dronavalli Harika lived up to her top billing by annexing the World Junior Girls Championship crown with one round to spare after beating Narmin Kazimova of Azerbaijan in the 12th and penultimate round.

Harika took her tally to an unassailable 10 points out of a possible 12 and steered a full point clear of Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine who was held to a draw by Anastasia Bodnaruk of Russia.

Harika became the second Indian girl ever to become the Junior World champion after Koneru Humpy won it in 2001. Harika had won the 2006 World under-18 girls title and was unlucky to miss out of this title last year when she lost the last three rounds after being in lead.
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