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Wonder girl Ivana Furtado retains World title

Panaji, Thu, 29 Nov 2007 NI Wire

Wonder girl Ivana Furtado retains World title

Nov 29:  Ivana Furtado becomes the first Indian to become a double champion in succession by winning World Youth Under-8 Chess Championship continuously for the second time.

India ’s youngest World champion IvanaFurtado once again created history by retaining the World Girls under-8 chess title. The wonder girl from Goa topped the chart finishing with a tally of 9 points out of the total 11 rounds.

This is the second successive title for the little girl. Ivana recorded eight victories; two draws and lost only a single match in the entire tournament that too from her compatriot C H Meghna. She guaranteed her title after accepting a draw offered by Zhansaya Abdumalik of Kazhakastan in the final round on Wednesday at Antalya in Turkey.

Limca Book of Record holder of becoming the youngest world champion from India, Ivana, emerged sole leader after beating Mammadzada Gunay of Azerbeijan in her tenth round match on Tuesday. With a total of 8 and half points, she went in to the final round with high confidence.

She was in terrific form in the decider as her Azerbaijani opponent offered her a draw, which was enough for her to claim the title. By this victory Ivana now becomes only the third girl after Koneru Humpy and Dronavalli Harika to win more than one world age group title. This was the 6th international gold medal for the child prodigy in a short span of two-and-half years.

Ivana has been working hard under the guidance of Dronacharya awardee coach Raghunandan Gokhale, who advised her to use the Pirc Defence for the second consecutive time in two days.

The coach was full of praise for her disciple Ivana, “We can expect even greater things from her in the future,” said Gokhale.

Ivana’s efforts were also lauded by AICF secretary, Mr D V Sundar who said that she had showed her ‘fighting qualities’ to come back strongly after losing to compatriot C H Meghna during the tournament.

Goa ’s Chief Minister Digamber Kamat also showered praise on Ivana for her stupendous accomplishment. “I am sure Ivana’s triumph will inspire many others,” said Digambar.

Seven times state champion, Ivana, a class III student, had won the world U-8 title for the first time in Batumi, Georgia in October 2006 and went on to become the youngest Indian world champ in any sport at the age of 7 years 226 days.

World champion Viswanathan Anand was among the first to congratulate Goa’s child prodigy. Anand also hailed the triumph and said he was delighted that there was one more age group world champion.

“I was in contact with Ivana Furtado and was supposed to have played a simultaneous in Goa but could not make it,” Anand said.

“I am happy for her win and wish her well,” said Anand on the AICF’s official website.

WINNERS WITH TOP INDIAN STANDINGS

BOYS (RESULTS)

U-8: 1. Konstantin Savenkov (Rus), 10. Harshal Shahi, 15. Arjun Bharat and 17. G.V. Revanth Reddy.

U-10: 1. Wang Ton Sen (Chn), 3. Prince Bajaj, 8. Vaibhav Suri, 13. Shardul Gagare, 15. CH Mohineesh and 17. Girish Koushik.

U-12: 1. Naroditzky ( USA), 13. Sahaj Grover and 23. Shiven Khosla.

U-14: 1. Sjugirov (Rus), 10. N. Srinath, 17. S.P. Sethuraman, 19. Vidit Gujrathi and 21. Prasanna Rao.

U-16: 1. Chirila (Rom) and 11. S. Nitin.

U-18: 1. Ivan Popov.

GIRLS (RESULTS)

U-8: 1. Ivana Furtado, 8. P. Preethy and 10. C.H. Meghna.

U-10: 1. Styazhkina (Rus), 11. M. Mahalakshmi, and 19. U. Ashwini.

U-12: 1. Efroimsky (Isr), 2. Priyanka Kumari, 14. J. Vaishnavi and 16. B. Pratyusha

U-14: 1. Nazi Paikidze (Geo), 3. Shalmali Gagare, 6. Padmini Rout, 10. Mohana Priya and 15. NLV Anusha.

U-16: 1. Tsatsalashvili (Geo) and 21. P. Uthra.

U-18: 1. Valentina Gunina (Rus), 6. Mary Ann Gomes and 14. R. Preethi.


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