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Tarini Goyal finishes joint third in CW Championship

July 03, 2018 08:55 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh's Tarini Goyal finished at joint-third position in the under-18 girls category of the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2018 which concluded in New Delhi today. Scoring five points out of seven, Tarini Goyal was tied with Akanksha Hagwane of Maharashtra at the third spot but had to settle for the fourth spot owing to the tie-break system.
During the tournament, Tarini, a Class XII student of Sacred Heart School, beat Van Den Berg Ane and Wolmarans Riekie both from South Africa, Tarunika P from Tamil Nadu and Archi Aggarwal of New Delhi. In the final round, she drew against the top seed Akanksha besides scoring a draw against Harshita Guddanti of Andhra Pradesh in the fifth round. The only game she lost in tournament was against Gold medalist Tejaswini Sagar of Gujarat.
Simultaneously, Tarini also participated in the Open category of the Commonwealth Chess Championship where she held to a draw a number of top players of the country and finished with an ELO rating gain of nearly 70 points. Participating in two tournaments simultaneously is a grueling task for a player as it entails playing for over eight hours continuously each day for straight eight days where one is competing against the best chess players.
Chandigarh Chess Association Secretary Vipnesh Bhardwaj and vice-president Naveen Bansal while congratulating Tarini on her performance have wished her success for future tournaments. Sister Nisha, Principal, Sacred Heart School, has also congratulated Tarini for her achievement and promised her all the support.
Final ranking after 7th round:
1 WIM Tejaswini Sagar (IND, Gujarat)) 6.5 pts; 2 Priyanka K (IND, Tamil Nadu) 5.5; 3 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane (IND, Maharashtra) 5.0; 4 WFM Tarini Goyal (IND, Chandigarh) 5.0; 5 Harshita Guddanti (IND, Andhra Pradesh) 4.5 6 Niharika Ch (IND, Andhra Pradesh) 4.5; 7 Toshali V (IND, Andhra Pradesh) 4.0; 8 (Abeysinghe H M H Janandani (Sri Lanka) 3.5; 9 Tarunika P (IND, Tamil Nadu) 3.5; 10 Wolmarans Riekie (South Africa) 3.5; 11 Archi Agrawal (IND, Delhi) 3.5; 12 WFM Joubert Dantelle (South Africa) 3.5 0,0; 13 Van Den Berg Ane (South Africa) 3.5; 14 Soundariya Lakshmi G (IND, Tamil Nadu) 3.0 0,0; 15 Van Heerden Lara (South Africa) 3.0; 16 Amrouni Gabrielle (South Africa) 3.0; 17 Akshaya Vaibhavi M (IND, Tamil Nadu) 2.0; 18 Ananya Shetty (IND, Karnataka) 2.0; 19 Msiza Aurelie Sakhile (South Africa) 2.0; 20 Janse Van Rensburg Natasha (South Africa) 1.0; 21 Mehak Gul (Pakistan) 0.

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