The top seed, P Iniyan from Erode, Tamilnadu lived upto his reputation and comfortably clinched the title in the National Junior(Under-15) Chess Championship held at Jammu. Iniyan scored 9 points out of a possible 11 by winning seven games and drawing four games to finish clear first. FIDE Masters Mithraba Guha(West Bengal), K S Raghunandan(Karnataka) and Candidate Master Nitish Belurkar(Goa) finished behind the winner with 8.5 points.
In the Girls section, two Taminadu players viz., R Vaishali, who is the current National Junior Girls’ Champion and K Priyanka tied for the first place with 8.5 points out of a possible 11, but finshed second and third respectively. The Girls’ event was won by Aakanksha Hagawane of Maharashtra also with 8.5 points, but with a superior tie-break.
The event was organized very smoothly at Jalsa Retreat, Jammu by Jammu District Chess Association from September 21 to 29, 2015.
Open: 1 P Iniyan (TN) 9/11; 2-4. FM Mitrabha Guha (WB), FM K.S. Raghunandan (Kar), CM Nitish Belurkar (Goa) 8.5 each; 5-7. S Jayakumar (TN), Aradhya Garg (Del), Srijit Paul (WB) 8 each; 8-14. CM V.S. Rathanvel (TN), FM Rakesh Kumar Jena (Odi), Kumar Gaurav (Bih), M Bharath Kalyan (TN), FM R Praggnanandhaa (TN), Pr Hirthickkesh (), Sankalp Gupta (Mah) 7.5 each….107 players.
Girls: 1-3. Aakanksha Hagawane (Mah), WFM R Vaishali (TN), Priyanka K (TN) 8.5/11 each; 4-6. Samriddhaa Ghosh (WB), Nutakki Priyanka (AP), Vantika Agrawal (Del) 8 each; 7-9. WIM Sakshi Chitlange (Mah), WCM Ananya Suresh (Kar), WFM Tejaswini Sagar (Mah) 7.5 each; 10-14. Srishti Pandey (Mah), WFM Arpita Mukherjee (WB), Harshita Guddanti (AP), C.M.N. Sunyuktha (TN), G.P.S. Sneha (TN) 7 each…77 players.