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Grand Indian double as Abhijeet, Harika win

india Updated: Aug 15, 2008 21:52 IST

Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta made it a grand Indian double, outwitting GM David Howell of England in the final round to win the World Junior chess championship, in Gaziantep on Friday.

Abhijeet Gupta joined the ranks of Viswanathan Anand and P Harikrishna and became the third Indian ever to win this championship.

Anand had won it in 1987 and Harikrishna in 2004.

This is also the first time in the annals of world junior championships that both the titles at stake in the open as well as in the girls' championship went to the same country.

Earlier in the day, Harika confirmed her superiority amongst the girls' and won the title scoring 10.5 points, after drawing the final round game with Katrina nemcova of Czech Republic.

The Bhilwara-based Abhijeet, who is working with Bharat Petroleum Corporation, was in full swing as he cruised and bruised Howell to notch his tally to 10 points, a half point more than compatriot GM Parimarjan Negi, who finished second after playing out a draw with Arik Braun of Germany.

It turned out to be an exciting day in the premier junior event of the world after Harika won the Girls' crown with one round to spare.

Abhijeet had to win with black and in his own words, "its never an easy task to beat a Grandmaster especially with black".