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ALMATY (Kazakhstan): the Indian WIM B, 15 years old savitha Shri won a bronze medal in the FIDE World Rapid Championship women’s event here on Wednesday.
Ranked 36th, she finished with an impressive eight points in 11 rounds to finish third.
The teenager, who was 6.5 points at the end of the eighth round, collected 1.5 points to end the tournament on a high in a star-studded field.
A loss to Kazakhstan’s Zhansaya Abdumalik in the ninth round hurt Savitha’s chances of making the top two.
She rebounded by beating Singapore’s Qianyun Gong in Round 10 and a draw with Dinara Saduakasova of Kazakhstan in the final round.
Best Indian Player and Asian Games Gold Medalist, Koneru Hunchbackwho had returned to the medal hunt after a modest performance on day two, had to settle for sixth place despite eight points.
Although Savitha, Humpy and two others finished with eight points, the teenager won bronze on the basis of a superior tie-break score. Savitha shone on Tuesday, posting four straight wins.
Tan Zhongyi of China won the title, beating Saduakassova in the playoffs.
A total of five Indians competed in the women’s event.



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