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Bhakti places second at international chess fest

By on August 19, 2017
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Bhakti places second at international chess fest

Goa’s chess golden girl and woman grandmaster (WGM) Bhakti Kulkarni continued riding waves of success when she won second place in the International Women’s Chess Festival in Erfurt, Germany recently. The former Commonwealth gold medalist finished half a point behind ultimate winner Romanian WGM Mahela Sandu (7.5).

 The Goa Carbon Ltd (A Dempo Group company) goodwill ambassador, seeded 13th, scored stunning victories on the final days to bag a seat in the next year’s Young Master’s Tournament to be organised by the German Chess Federation.
International master Jonathan Carlsfedt, commenting for chess24.com, was all praise for Kulkarni’s fighting spirit. He said, “Any other girl would have been happy to take short draws in her place. But Bhakti went for a win in every game and even managed to win a Blitz tournament in between.”  
Kulkarni, a former Asian Women’s Champion, added, “My biggest problem was to reach Erfurt in time. I was in high spirits after the National Challengers, so I just went ahead in the same mode.” 
She plays now at the Prague Summer Chess Festival where she had to miss the first round due to clashing of tournaments. The Czech Tour organisers had bestowed a rare honour on her by publishing her photo on the front page of their Prague summer international open brochure on czechtour.net.

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