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Arpit claims junior chess crown.

WHILE a royal battle between Bahrain's Ayyad brothers was the highlight in the senior section of the Batelco-Radio Voice Rapid Chess Championship last night, the top-ranked junior Arpit Hamirwasia quietly underlined his undisputed supremacy winning the junior title with an unbeaten record of seven victories in seven rounds.

Arpit, a 14-year-old ninth standard student of the Asian School, won his fifth, sixth and seventh round matches with ease to defend the junior title. Pranav Sridhar finished second with six points while Devishree was third with 5.5 points.

It was Arpit's second successive title following his triumphant run in a tournament organised by the Telugu Kala Samithi.

But all eyes were on the top board of the senior section where the Hayyad brothers were locked in an intricate battle of wits and guts in the sixth round. The younger Hussain, seeded third and playing black, was able to outwit his elder sibling, seeded second, to become the sole leader with six points.

In the seventh and final round to be played at the Oasis Centre in Muharraq today, starting at 4pm, Hussain takes on top-ranked Mohammed Tissir (5.5) and a draw is enough for him to retain the title. Earlier in the fifth round, Tissir suffered a setback as he was held to a draw by Maher.

Contests

Six players share third place with five points. In the other top board contests involving players with five points each, Ahmed Abdulateef takes on Khalil Bukhalaf, Dinishan clashes with veteran Ali Ali Ghasra while Prem Prabhakaran matches wits with Anthony Pelayo.

Batelco are the main sponsors of the event being held in association with the Bahrain Mind Sports Association, while Oasis Centre, Ramada Palace Hotel and Food Station are the golden sponsors.

Among the associate sponsors are Bahrain Air, Skoda, Ahmed Zayani and Sons, Coca-cola, Seiko, Ambassador Stores, Al Jazira Super Market and Strategic Publicity and Advertising Company (SPAC).

Seniors standings after six rounds: 1 H Ayyad ((6); 2 M Tissir (5.5); K Bukhalaf (5), A Pelayo (5), A Abdulateef (5), A Al Ghasra (5), Dinishan ( 5), P Prabhakaran (5); 3 R Bahadur (4.5), M Ayyad (4.5), D Carlitos (4.5), B Rouquier (4.5).

Juniors (final standings): 1 A Hamarwasia (7); 2 P Sridhar (6); 3 Devishree (5.5); 4 S Prashanth (5), S Alafoo (5), Preetham (5), Z Alafoo (5), A Abdullateef (5), N Palled (5), S Raghavan (5).

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Date:Jun 17, 2011
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