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Panchanathan wins Asian Junior Boys Chess Title

by Alex David our Negombo special correspondent

Rehabilitation Minister Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene was the chief guest and gave away certificates and prizes to the winners at the 26th Asian Junior Chess Championship held recently at Camelot Beach Hotel, Ettukala, Negombo on Saturday.

The chess competitors from Sri Lanka, India, Iran, Hongkong, Bangladesh, Philippines, Australia, Malaysia, Kazakhastan and Vietnam participated in the nine-day championship.

The girls finals titles was won by Indian Miss Yuwarajah Prathiba (19) of Pallawaram, Chennai, South India an engineering student at St. Joseph's Engineering College, Old Mahabalibprum, Chennai, South India.

She defeated nine girls (Indian) and drew with Miss J. E. Kavitha of India. The boys title was won by Indian Mahesh Chandran Panchanathan (20) of K. K. Nagar, Madurai, South India. He is presently reading for his Science Degree on Telecommunication at the Texas University at Dallas, USA. He won eight rounds out of 11 from his Indian rivals and in the final he defeated Deepan Chakkarawathy.

The winner has an experience of 13 years in chess, tutored under his father, a medical officer Dr. Manikkam Panchanathan in Chennai at the age of seven. He is also a silver medalist at the International Chess Tournament held in India in the year 1997.

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