GUWAHATI, April 7 � GM Sriram Jha of LICI became champion in the 4th Jugal Kishore Newatia International Rating Chess organized by Lions Club of Guwahati by scoring 7.5 points from 9 rounds and pocketed Rs 45,000. IM GB Prakash of Tamil Nadu and IM Himanshu Sharma of Haryana also scored 7.5 points each but they were declared second and third on the basis of tie-break scores.
Seven players � Arjun Tiwari of Maharstra, WGM Mary Ann Gomes of West Bengal, IM BT Murali Krishnan of Railway, Arindam Mukherjee of West Bengal, IM Akshayraj Kore of Maharstra, FM Diptayan Ghosh of West Bengal, Nasir Wajih of Delhi, and IM Atanu Lahiri of LICI scored 7 points each and were placed in that order according to their tie-break scores. In the 9th and final round, GM Sriram Jha drew his games against Nasir Wajih of Delhi but GM RR Laxman lost against IM Himanshu Sharma of Haryana. On the third board, the game between Arjun Tiwari and BT Muralikrishanan ended in a draw while in board four, IM GB Prakash accounted for IM Atanu Lahiri. WGM Marry Ann Gomes also won her last round game against Himal Gusain but former national champion IM Suvrajit Saha was held to a draw by Rajkumar Apollosana of Manipur.
The prize distribution ceremony was presided over by Lion Ajay Choudhury. Avinash Joshi was the chief guest of the prize distribution ceremony. Prizes were given away by Lion Amar Baruah, Lion Mandira Chanda, Lion MP Agarwal, Lion Krishna Chanda , Tournament Chairman Lion Binod Khemka, Co-chairman Lion Sumit Jalan, Lion Sudhir Choudhury, Lion LP Matolia and chief arbiter DS Moorthy. A total of Rs 2 lakh was distributed as prize money among the prize winners, stated a release.