Indian female Grand-master Bhakti Kulkarni made history when she won gold medals in the Asian Continental Women’s and open chess championship in Tashkent.
Ms. Bhakti made the top rank playing out a draw with Hoang Thi Bao Tram of Vietnam and ended with seven points in all, a half point ahead of Kazakstan’s Dinara Saduakassova and India’s Soumya Swaminathan. Bhakti Kulkarni will get $5000 that she plans to use for European tournaments and training. Bhakti also qualified for the next Women’s world championship to be held later this year.
Another Grand master Sethuraman won with an inspired performance to beat China’s Wei Yi, thus winning a bronze medal and $11,000, prize money. He also gets an entry to the next world cup chess championship to be held in Batumi, Georgia in 2017.