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Sriram Jha wins Asian Zone Chess; qualifies for WC
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS):
Published on 18 Aug. 2009 12:34 AM IST
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International Master Sriram Jha won the Asian Zone 3.2 Chess Championship and qualified for the World Cup here Monday. In the final round encounter, Jha overcame Ashraf Ahmed of the Maldives without much struggle. Along with World Cup berth, Jha also achieved his second Grandmaster Norm during this championship. Jha scored 10 points out of possible 12 and won the championship without losing a game. Meanwhile, another title contender International Master K. Rathnakaran succumbed under pressure in the last round against Tunveer Gillani of Pakistan. Veteran Grandmaster Praveen Thipsay finished second with 9.5 points beating HLM Hapuarachchi of Sri Lanka in the final round encounter. Final Standings: (1) IM Sriram Jha of India with 10 points (2) GM Praveen Thipsay of India with 9.5 points (3) IM K Rathnakaran of India with 9 points (4) GM Deepan Chakkravarthy of India with 9 points (5) GM Neelotpal Das of India with 8 points (6) GM Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh with 8 points (7) Reefat Bin-Sattar of Bangladesh with 6.5 points (8) Tunveer Gillani of Pakistan with 6 points (9) Amir Karim of Pakistan with 4.5 points (10) Surbir Lama of Nepal with 3.5 points (11) Hapuarachchi HLM of Sri Lanka with 3 points (12) Ahmed Ashraf of Maldives with 1 points (13) Kesav Malla of Bhutan with 0 points.

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