Bhubaneswar: Mohitosh Dey of Bhubaneswar and Aditi Mohanty of Cuttack bagged silver and bronze medals respectively in the nine-day-long 26th National Under-7 Chess Championship, which concluded at Pondicherry, being organised by Pondicherry State Chess Association. Mohitosh and Aditi would represent the country in the forthcoming Asian U-8 Chess championship at Dubai and World U-8 Chess Championship at Vietnam in the year 2013.
Mohitosh, considered as the dark horse of the U-7 open category, started the meet with a rank of 58th and scored nine points by the end of 11th round, finished with a silver medal.
In the final round, he defeated his state-mate Rishabh Ananda. Mohitosh registered nine wins out of 11 rounds.
The top prize in the event grabbed by top rated R Praggnanandhaa of Tamil Nadu with 11 points. The bronze medal claimed by Manthan Kashyap Datta of Assam with 8.5 points.
Similarly, new found Rishabh started the race with 96th rank and completed in fifth rank. Rishabh registered eight wins and scored eighth point. Nikhil Mohanty, Dikshant Dash and Arnab Aryan Samantary were the other Odisha players who bagged the medals.
Nikhil and Dikshant scored eight and 7.5 points respectively. While Nikhil finished 11th and Dikshant completed 13th.
However, Arnab scored 7.5 points and finished 18th. Top 20 finishers of the meet received the prizes.
Amit Kumar Sahu, Priyansu Kumar Patra and Sumit Biswal scored seven, 6.5 and 5.5 points and finished 29th, 38th and 75th respectively.
Cuttack girl Aditi registered eight win and one draw, scored 8.5 points by the end of 11th round and bagged the bronze medal in the U-7 girls event.
Divya Deshmukh of Maharashtra and Rakshitta Ravi of Tamil Nadu bagged 9.5 and 8.5 points respectively and received the gold and silver medals.
Other Odisha girls, Swagatika Samal and Miracle Panda completed the meet with six points each and finished 24th and 33rd respectively, P Sairupa (5.5) finished 37th.
Altogether 12 players, including four girls all from SR Chess Center, participated in the National meet, out of which five boys won medals in the open category and Aditi was the only girl bagged a bronze medal in the girls U-7 event, said SR Patnaik, who accompany the state team.
Presently, our state players are having a lion shear in the junior national tournaments, these achievements defiantly motivate the young players of our state, said Patnaik.