8-year-old Alankrita Sharma dominates Smart Girls Rating Tournament 2023 Jammu
8-year-old Alankrita Sharma scored 8.5/9 to win Smart Girls Rating Tournament 2023 in Jammu. She finished a full point ahead of the field and remained undefeated. Priya Yadav scored sole 7.5/9 to secure second place. Her only loss was against the eventual second runner-up, Srujanika Gupta 7/9. She edged past Vitasta Koul on tie-breaks. The top three prizes were ₹5000 + trophy, ₹3000 and ₹2000. The tournament was held from 27th to 31st July 2023 at Hotel Nek in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir. It was organized by Crown Trust. This was Alankrita's first rating tournament triumph of her career. The objective of Smart Girls is to attract more female players to participate in tournaments, get rating in an event which has low entry fee barrier of only ₹250. Photos: Atul Kumar Gupta
Alankrita's first rating tournament triumph
The top two seeds - Priya Yadav and Alankrita Sharma were the coleaders 7.5/8, heading into the final round. Priya lost to Srujanika Gupta and Alankrita defeated Vaishnavi. Thus, Alankrita became a clear champion 8.5/9, Priya sole second 7.5/9 and Srujanika third 7/9. This was Alankrita's tenth over-the-board tournament.
A total of 41 players took part in this five-day nine round Swiss-league Rating tournament which was organized by Crown Trust at Hotel Nek in Jammu, Jammu Kashmir from 27th to 31st July 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.