Calcutta: Padmini Rout of Odisha emerged champion with six points in the eighth edition of Chess For Youth Championship, organised by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy, at the South City International School on Monday.
In the final round, Rout halted Rajdeep Sarkar’s brilliant run to take the Tata Steel trophy and was richer by Rs 25, 000. Twelve-year-old Rajdeep, who beat women’s national champion Mary Ann Gomes and former world junior girls champion Soumya Swaminathan, was clearly the find of the championship.
It was a four-way tie for the second to fifth places on 5.5 points, but Sahaj Grover of Delhi took the second position on account of better tie-break score. Bitan Banerjee was placed third while Mary Ann and Swaminathan took the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
Dishan Barua, Commonwealth U-14 champion and son of GM Dibyendu, was champion in the U-14 boys section.