Vidit Gujarati became the first mens chess player from Maharashtra to win a World Junior chess championship medal when he held eventual champion Yu Yangyi of China to a draw in the 13th and penultimate round to finish third in Kocaeli, Turkey, on Thursday night. The countrys 30th Grandmaster, who had to overcome an indifferent start to the tournament, was tied with GM Cori Jorge of Peru at 9.5 points but clinched the bronze medal thanks to a better tie-break score. Gujrathi, who is supported Lakshya-Vascon, has now joined the list of elite Indians winning medals in the world junior champions starting from a gold medal won by world champion V Anand in 1987, gold by Harikrishna in 2004, gold by Abhijeet Gupta in 2008 and Bronze by Sahaj Grover in 2011.
The silver went to Alexander Ipatov of Turkey, who finished with 10.5 points. In the girls category, Maharashtras Soumya Swaminathan had won the gold medal in 2009 and Eesha Karavade bagged the bronze medal in 2004. Both the players are also supported by Lakshya. The Nashik boy, who had earlier held the world u-14 title in 2008, had looked down and out after six rounds having managed just four points after suffering a loss against compatriot Sahaj Grover. However, the youngster rose to the occasion by winning five of his last seven rounds and then managing a quick draw against Yangyi with black in the final round to seal the bronze medal.
Sensex up 87 pts on global cues, rising rupee
The BSE benchmark Sensex on Friday rose over 87 points in early trade on the back of increased buying by participants amid a mixed trend on other Asian bourses and further strength in the rupee.
The 30-share index gained 87.72 points, or 0.44 per cent, to trade at 19,981.57, with all the sectoral indices led by consumer durables and oil and gas rising up to 1.27 per cent.