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Jennitha wins World Chess title for disabled

July 24, 2013 18:31 IST

India's K Jennitha Anto was crowned the new World Chess Champion for disabled after winning the 13th IPCA World Women's Individual Chess  Championship in Velke Losiny, Czech Republic.

Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Jennitha scored 4.5 points in nine games after winning three, drawing three and losing three games.

She competed in a combined group with men and became the highest scorer among the women players and was awarded the IPCA Women's Chess title.

Two Russian women were tied with Jennitha on points but the higher Buchholz score helped Jennitha win the title.

The title came along with the Woman International Master title. The new WIM title would allow her direct entry to many of the National events for women except the premier.

The event attracted 49 physically challenged players from 15 countries.

Jennitha, being a wheel chair player, participated in Fide A category and almost all the players are international rated players. Nearly nine title holders participated in this championship, five IMs, one FM, one WFM and Two WCM’s. More than 25 wheel chair players took part in the event.

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