Grover finishes 16th at World Junior Championship

Athens (Greece): India`s Sahaj Grover, who achieved his final Grandmaster norm at the World Junior Chess Championship, ended his campaign at the 16th spot after losing his final-round game in the event here.

The 16-year-old Indian lost to Aleksandar Indjic of Serbia. The huge consolation that Grover could draw from the event was his final Grandmaster norm and he is set to become India`s next GM after the FIDE meeting slated for early September.

Grover tallied eight points in all at the event.

International Master P Shyam Nikil and M Shyam Sundar finished well with victories in the last round and also tallied eight points. Sundar finished 26th while Nikil ended on 29th place.

Among other Indians in the fray, Debashish Das, Diptayan Ghosh, Aravindh Chithambaram and Nishant Malhotra ended on the losing side in the final round while Anwesh Upadhyaya won.

For Das, it was a disappointing show after the Grandmaster norm that he made in the first nine rounds as he lost the last four matches.

Bhakti Kulkarni remained the best Indian in the girls` championship by defeating Lisa Schut of Holland in the final round. Bhakti performed impressively for her 11th place finish on eight points in all.

Grandmaster Alexander Ipatov of Turkey won the Championship after drawing with Aleksandr Shimanov of Russia in the 13th and final round here.

Having the best tie break, Ipatov kept a close vigil on the top board and when top seed Ding Liren of China signed peace with Richard Rapport of Hungary the Turkish GM had no intentions of continuing even a winning position against Shimanov.

Both Ipatov and Rapport finished on ten points out of a possible 13 but Ipatov won the gold while Rapport had to be content with the Silver medal. Ding Liren of China tallied 9.5 points and duly won the Bronze medal with better tiebreak than Nils Grandelius of Sweden.