Girish bags bronze in National Subjunior!
Champion Girish Koushik added one more feather
in his cap by finishing third in the National
Subjunior Chess Championship which concluded at
Mangalore today. In an exciting finish, Girish needed
just a draw in the last round to emerge as Champion
but somehow lost his final encounter. He nevertheless
will be part of the Indian team to play in the next
World Under 16 Olympiad in Turkey and that will give
him some valuable experience.
Girish finished on eight and a half points
just a shade behind winner Aditya Udeshi of
Maharashtra and K. Priyadarshan (T.N.) who finished
with 9 points and were first and second respectively.
Girish, who is the current Asian Under 12 Champion
and National Under 11 Champion, will be gaining a
whopping 33 points from this tournament alone!
Other Karnataka boys to have done well were M.G. Gahan
and Antonio Viani D'Cunha who finished 9th and 10th
respectively. They both ended with eight points each
in their kitty. As in the National Under 13, Karnataka
had three boys in the top 10 and this reflects the trend
in the youngsters' performances and the determined efforts
of their coaches.
In the Girls section, Shrishti J. Shetty finished fifth
with 7.5 points. She will be gaining 16 points from
this event. Shrishti had earlier won the Silver medal in
the Commonwealth Chess Championships in New Delhi in
the Girls Under 14 section in 2007. Vanessa D'Souza,
who still has some more years to participate in this
category finished a creditable 18th with 6.5 points
with a gain of 24 elo rating points!