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Jha stuns Kidambi

International Master Sriram Jha’s career can be divided into two parts. The first part was till 2007 when he would dominate the second rung of Indian chess but fail to master the big guns. Jha used to qualify for the National A with good performances in National B, but would fail to get a top position in the big event, reports HT Correspondent.

other Updated: Dec 04, 2009 23:29 IST
HT Correspondent

International Master Sriram Jha’s career can be divided into two parts. The first part was till 2007 when he would dominate the second rung of Indian chess but fail to master the big guns. Jha used to qualify for the National A with good performances in National B, but would fail to get a top position in the big event.

But things have changed drastically for the International Master from Delhi in the last 16 months as he not only won the Asian Zone 3.2 Championship but also qualified for the World Cup. Though he lost in the first round of the biggest event he has played, the recent success seems to spur him for more glory and Jha is gunning for the Grandmaster title, having made two norms already.

On Friday at the 47th Premier National Chess Championship, Jha, rated 2497, stunned GM Sundararajan Kidambi (2516) of Tamil Nadu in the fourth round and was sharing the lead with GM S Arun Prasad with 3.5 points. Arun Prasad defeated overnight leader IM Himanshu Sharma of Haryana.

Jha managed to get an extra queen on the 69th and Kidambi was forced to resign.