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    Published On : Mon, Aug 27th, 2018

    Aditi wins state silver, qualifies for U-17 chess nationals

    Nagpur: Aditi Patil brought laurels to the city by winning a silver medal from the Maharashtra State U-17 FIDE Rating Chess Championship, which concluded at Akola. Of the 20 city masters vying for honours in the state selection meet, the 17-year-old won the only medal and qualified to represent Maharashtra in the National U-17 Chess Championship. The Maharashtra state selection meet was organized by the All Marathi Chess Association .

    Having posted victories in the seven rounds of the eight-round championship, Aditi collected seven points to finish second among the 39 participating players in the girls’ section. Five girls and 14 masters in the open category were the other city players participating in the state meet but failed to finish on the podium.

    For starters, Aditi played as a fourth seed and the only defeat she suffered was against eventual champion and top seeded Eesha Sarda of Akola, who underlined her supremacy by winning all the eight rounds. After getting the better of Amravati’s Aarohi Chandak in the opening round, Aditi prevailed over Mayuri Kale of Aurangabad and city’s Krishna Taori to share the lead on top.

    In her fourth round battle with top seed, Aditi suffered a defeat when she failed to defend with her black pieces against Eesha Sarda.

    Thereafter, Aditi outclassed all those who came in her way for the desired result. Utilizing her opening advantage with the white pieces, Aditi defeated Maithili Khuje in the fifth round while surprised second seed Women Candidate Master (WCM) Kriti Patel of Mumbai with her black bits in the sixth round.

    In the penultimate round, the 1520 Elo rated Aditi prevailed over third-seeded WCM Sanskruti Wankhade of Akola and gave a fine finish to her campaign with a fluent win over sixth seed Yuti Patel of Mumbai in the final round. For her second position in state, Aditi gave a performance rating of 1729 and also earned 78 Elo points.

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