Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Asian Schools Chess Championships - Kandy (Sri Lanka) in Jan 2008

In the Boys Under 11 section, Cyrus Pereira created
history by becoming the first Goan boy to win a medal
at the International level. Cyrus finished with 6.5 out
of a possible 8 points and was tied with Iran's Saleh Mirza.
Cyrus, by virtue of his rating, started as the second seed,
and Saleh Mirza was clearly the hot favourite as he had
beaten former World Champion Sahej Grover in the World
Youth Championships which were conducted last year in
Turkey. Nevertheless, Cyrus fought hard to get a draw in the
last round with Mirza and thus he got a Gold medal in his
very first attempt at the Asian Schools Championships.

In the Girls Under 9 section, double World Under 8 Girls
Champion Ivana Furtado tied with Sri Lanka's J. Jayaranthna
with 6.5 points each out of a possible 7 points. As they
had drawn their individual encounter and were tied on tie-break
as well, both the girls were declared joint winners and given a
Gold medal each.

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