A dream run indeed

Chennai: The dream run of Girish Koushik continued as he defeated Swedish Grandmaster Gandelius Nils in the eighth round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships at Chennai on August 10. Girish scoring his fourth successive win against a Grandmaster, now shares the lead with Hovhannisyan Robert (Armenia) at 7.0 points. In the process, Girish Koushik achieved his maiden Grandmaster Norm and will now set his eyes on the crown. Overnight leader, Italian International Master Rombaldoni lost his first game of the event to Armenian GM Hovhannisyan Robert. The Sicilian game saw the Italian conceding an early space advantage to Hovhannisyan. By move 22 Rombaldoni was a pawn down, with a shaky position to defend. Steady exchange of pieces, saw the Armenian improving the position. The resultant rook and bishop ending, with two pawns down and one more about to fall, saw Italian throwing in the towel. The game lasted 34 moves. Rombaldoni despite the defeat, achieved a nine game GM Norm. Rombaldoni now shares the third spot at 6.5 points, along with Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia). It was the day of Girish Koushik, for the young lad, defeated his fourth Grandmaster in a row accounting Swede Grandelius Nils in 36 moves. An early exchange sacrifice in the Grunfeld game by Grandelius, took the game to unclear territory. With both the players pushing for victory, the Swedish Grandmaster erred at a crucial juncture capturing the pawn on “c3” with his knight, failing to see a mate in six. Girish pounced on the chance, and was about to execute the mate when Grandelius gave up. In the girls section, WGMs Cori T Deysi (Peru) and Girya Olga (Russia) shared the lead with 7.0 points, scoring over Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (Azerbaijan) and Kulon Klaudia (Poland) respectively. The third spot is shared by Bulmaga Irina (Romania) and Elena Semenova (Russia) at 6.0 points. Indian challenge led by WGM Padmini Rout (5.5) looked up, as the Orissa girl scored a quick victory over Dogodkina Julia (Russia). Further down, Woman FIDE Master Bhakti Kulkarni was held to a draw by fellow Indian Chandika Divyasree. Joining the duo at 5.0 points were Indian youngsters Ivana Maria Furtado and P Michelle Catheri

Road rage concludes

The most prestigious two-wheeler racing event Asia Road Racing Championship 2011, at the Madras Motor Race Track at Sriperumbudur near Chennai, concluded on August 7. The Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) is the only international two-wheeler racing event held in India. The races are of two categories the under bone 115cc and the Super Sports 600cc categories. This is the third consecutive year that Chennai will be hosting the event. Nearly hundred participants from India, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Japan and Australia had shown their interest in the 600 cc race. ‘We are offering spectators free admission for this outstanding race with the hope of further raising the interest for two- wheeler racing in India’, event promoter, Ron Hogg commented. ‘I am very happy to finish in second place in Madras. Well, here the weather condition is very hot. The track is very technical and bumpy. So, it is very technical for me,’ said Azian Shah Kamaruzaman from Malaysia, who finished second in 600 cc categories. Despite missing out Round 2, Decha Kraisart of Thailand in his Super Sports 600cc campaign as he put on a tremendous performance by winning both Race 1 and 2 in the Super Sports 600cc categories. As for the under bone 115cc category, Rafid Topan Sucipto took full advantage of his pole position and stormed into victory in both the races. The 17-year old rider completed the 10-lap race in a total time of 20:11.485s, 8.190s ahead of Hadi Wijaya. Hadi of Kawasaki NHK Rextor Manual Tech rider was happy to settle for the second placing with the total time of 20:19.675s. Meanwhile, Mohd Ramdan Mohd Rosli (PETRONAS Syntium Yamaha Moto AHM) who only joins in this round managed to finish the race third with the total time of 20:22.058s. The Asia Road Racing Championship conducts six rounds across the world. First two rounds were held in Malaysia and Indonesia, third in India, the fourth would be held in Japan, fifth in China and the final round will be held in Qatar