Bhakti crowned Commonwealth champion

PANAJI: Goa Carbon Ltd Brand Ambassador, WGM Bhakti Kulkarni once again proved her mettle by winning a deserving gold medal in U-20 girls category and thus became Commonwealth junior girls chess champion in Chennai, Saturday.

The Goan star scored 7.5 points with 6 wins and 3 draws thus stamping her class in the championships. In the concluding round, Bhakti beat Pranavananda V (2018) of Andhra Pradesh to ensure gold.

Geno Brand Ambassador, WCM Riya Savant gave Goa silver medal in U-12 girls category. She scored 6.5 points with 5 wins and 3 draws. In her last round she beat CM Ebenezer Joseph (2072) of Tamil Nadu. Riya has been performing well and had recently won bronze medal in U-12 category at the World Youth Chess Championship 2012 at Slovenia.

Another Goan Riddhi Zantye won bronze medal in U-10 girls category. She scored 5 points with 4 wins and 2 draws.

Gunjal Chopdekar won the bronze medal in U-8 girls category. She scored 4.5 points with 4 wins and one draw. Ritviz Parab too scored 7.5 points. This upcoming and promising chess player missed medal in U-14 Open even though he played very well in this tournament with 7 wins and 1 draw. He won the 2nd consolation prize for most number of victories. He beat Deepak Katiyar (2244) in the final round and will stand to gain 32 Elo points. Among other Goan performers, Rohan Ahuja, Ameya Audi and CM Nitish Belurkar scored 6.5 points. Rajaryan Kuvelkar and Rishubh Naik scored 6 points. WIM Ivana Furtado, Anirudh Bhat, Shane Braganza, Anant Prabhudesai, Gauri Hadkonkar, Cyrus Pereira and Sharmad Bodke scored 5.5 points. M Barath, Adittee Prabhugaonkar Swera Braganza scored 5 points. Krystal Fernandes, Suyan Belurkar scored 4.5 points. Saiesh Audi, Urvi Bandekar, Aishwarya Thorat scored 4 points.K Tushar and Pawan Vernekar claimed 3.5 points.Faiziya Khan and Alaina Pereira managed to pocket 3 points.

Meanwhile, Bhakti when asked for her comments on her stupendous performance at the Commonwealth Junior Chess Championships, said: "I am very happy with my second back to back medal winning performance after tying for first place in the National Woman Premier Championship."

"The Commonwealth championship is my last international championship as a junior and I wanted to sign off my junior career on a winning note and I am happy I did that," the Asian Junior Girls Blitz Chess Champion and International Woman Grand Master, added.

Bhakti’s gold medal winning performance is one of the highlights of her career and she is delighted to win the gold for Goa and India.