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TN girl tops chess table
- No state player in first 3

Tamil Nadu’s teen sensation Srija Seshadri pipped top seed Sumit Grover of Jammu and Kashmir to emerge the champion of the 4th JRD Tata International Ranking that concluded at the eastern wing of JRD Tata Sports Complex on Friday.

Srija notched the top slot with 8.5 points while Sumit had to be happy with 8.

She walked home with a trophy and Rs 25,000, while Sumit received Rs 15,000.

Three players — Prabhat Kautha (Maharashtra), K. Arvind (Tamil Nadu) and K. Srikanth (Services Sports Control Board) — were tied at joint third with 7.5 points each.

Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer Prem Ranjan handed over the prizes. Singhbhum District Chess Association general secretary Narendra Kumar Tiwary, tournament chief arbiter Jayant Bhuyan were among others present at the prize distribution ceremony.

“I am happy to win the title. It was my first visit to Jamshedpur and I will go home with happy memories,” said 17-year-old Srija.

Jharkhand, however, fared badly in the tournament organised jointly by Tata Steel and Singhbhum District Chess Association. After showing early promise, home contestants fizzled out in later rounds.

If Nishant Kumar and Kaushal Kumar Jha finished with 6 points each, Ajit Masih, Purshottam Sandil and Bidisha Roy managed only 5.5 each.

Except Nishant and Kaushal, others lost the 10th and final round.

The 10-round tournament saw as many as 158 participants from across the country vying for top ranks.