Unbeaten Divya shares second spot in World Cadet chess
City's youngest Women Fide Master (WFM) Divya Deshmukh is occupying the joint second position in the World Cadet Chess Championship at Poços de Caldas in Brazil.
Maintaining her unbeaten run in the nine-round world meet, Divya is sharing the second spot with three others collecting 3.5 points at the end of the fourth round.
Playing with the white pieces in the fourth round, Divya utilized her opening advantage well to get the better of eighth seed Kairbekova Amina of Kazakhstan. Opting for the Queens Pawn opening move, Divya took a mere 49 moves to garner full point.
In the U-12 girls' category of the nine-day meet, top 58 masters from across the globe are vying for honours. Chennai's Rakshitta Ravi has been given the top billing. The top seed, however, lost her fourth round battle against sixth seed American WFM Matus Nastassja to slip to the third position with five other masters.
Divya's winning run too was halted in the third round but the city girl defended well to sign the peace treaty. Playing with the white pieces Vietnam's Vu Bui Thi Thanh Van opted for the English opening while Divya converted the same into Queens Gambit decline to share the points in their 46-move second board battle.
The 12-year-old, BVM Civil Lines student, gave a rollicking start to her campaign in the World meet. In her tournament opener, Divya outclassed Canada's Gilani Mysha while made light work of Vuong Quynh Anh from Vietnam to start her campaign on a high.
At the end of fourth round, Divya is the lone Indian player to be in the top five and is well course for yet another medal in the world meet.
Following American WFM Nastassja at full four points, Divya along with Kazakhstan's kamalidenova Meruert, Wikar Martyna of Poland, and Vu Bui Van is at the joint second spot with 3.5 points each.
In the fifth round on Saturday, Divya will defend with the black pieces against fourth seeded Martyna on the second board.
Source: The Times of India