Monday, November 19, 2007

World Youth Chess Championship : Girish Koushik begins with a win

Antalya (Turkey): World Under-10 chess champion Girish Koushik won his first-round game of the 2007 World Youth chess championship in Anatalya, Turkey on Sunday. Sixty two Indians are competing in this annual championship.

In the u-18 girls’ category, R. Preethi scored a win over Aliva Homa of Iran, while P. Uthra won over Inaz Emhemed of Libya in the u-16 girls’ section.

C.R. Varsha beat Kyrgizstan’s Nur lantysy Shahozi.

P. Preethi (u-8 girls) and Vidit Gujarathi (u-14) got free points as their opponents did not turn up.

Girish Koushik beat Kantharali Onat of Turkey. India’s first-round losers have been only a few so far. The losers were Revanth Reddy, M.R. Lalith Babu and Pranav Shetty.

Among u-18 girls, second seed Kiran Manisha Mohanty beat Victoria Avdeeva and in the u-14, S.P. Sethuraman beat Jonathan Tordeur of Switzerland. Arjun Bharat beat a Jordanian player in the under-8 section and Mehar Chinna Reddy won his first-round game in the u-14.

Priyanka Kumari of Jharkand beat Nitan Kuk of Slovakia, while Kotepalli Sai Nirupama beat L.A. Crouse of South Africa.

The championship got off to a chaotic start 20 minutes behind schedule. Nearly 2,000 players and accompanying persons waited outside the venue for long.

There were many errors in the pairing lists as the organisers probably lack knowledgeable arbiters.