Yasir Ali Khan Evan was crowned as the undefeated champion in the 39th Walton National Junior Under-20 Chess Championship after beating defending champion FM Fahad Rahman in the eighth and final round at the Chess Federation hall-room on Wednesday.
Yasir, Fahad alongside Swarnavo Chowdhury scored 6.5 points each after the conclusion of eight rounds, but Yasir was declared the winner due to being ahead in head-to-head as Swarnavo became runner-up and Fahad finished on third position.
Fahad, who required a draw against Yasir to ensure his fifth trophy, appeared to have fallen victim of a fever, which impeded his ability of playing his natural game in the final round.
Fahad offered Yasir to settle the game in a draw but Yasir declined the offer and defeated him to claim his maiden championship.
‘I still can’t believe that I beat Fahad,’ said an elated Yasir after securing his first championship title.
‘In the last two editions, I could not play better but this time I was determined to perform well and win all the matches. I did not expect to become champion but I finally became champion,’ he added.
In the girl’s division, WCM Noshin Anjum secured her third title in a row by beating Nusrat Jahan Alo in the final round to finish with eight points in eight matches.
Walijah Ahmed finished runner-up with seven points while Warsia Khusbbu finished third with five points.
Noshin, a ninth grade student of Viquarunnisa School, was expected to participate in the Asian Junior Chess Championships in Indonesia from June 30 this year but was doubtful of her participation due to financial constraints.
‘I don’t know whether I can take part in Asian Junior Chess because my parents don’t have the
financial ability to send me to Indonesia. If anyone sponsors me, then it will be possible to play in the Asian Junior Championships, Anjum told the reporters.
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