Chess Grandmasters Bhakti, Sethuraman, win gold for India

Bhakti KulkarniWoman Grandmaster Bhakti Kulkarni and Grandmaster S P Sethuraman made history when they won gold medals in the Asian Continental Women’s and open chess championship in Tashkent.

Bhakti made the top rank playing out a draw with Hoang Thi Bao Tram of Vietnam and Sethuraman won with an inspired performance to beat China’s Wei Yi.

Bhakti ended with seven points in all, a half point ahead of Kazakstan’s Dinara Saduakassova and India’s Soumya Swaminathan.

Bhakti also qualified for the next Women’s world championship to be held later this year. Sethuraman will get entry to the next world cup chess championship to be held in Batumi, Georgia in 2017. Sethuraman who also won a bronze medal, won $11,000 and Bhakti Kulkarni will get $5000 that she plans to use for European tournaments and training.