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I am sending this advance copy to you. The detailed one will be sent by Goa
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Bhakti wins Second Prize In International WGM Chess Festival

Goa's Golden girl and woman Grandmaster Bhakti Kulkarni continued riding
waves of success when she won second prize in the International Woman
Grandmaster Chess Festival at Erfurt,Germany yesterday. The former
Commonwealth Gold medallist finished half a point behind ultimate winner
-Romanian WGM Mahela Sandu (7.5).

The Goa Carbon Ltd goodwill Ambassador seeded 13th went on scoring stunning
victories on final days to bag a seat in the next year's "Young Master's
Tournament to be organised by the German Chess Federation.

Bhakti embarked on rigorous 36 hour journey as soon as she finished
valedictory function at Mysore where she had won the National Challenger
title. Dashing from airports to airports she reached German town of Erfort
in time to attend the inaugural function.

The Goan lass started sedately squandering promising positions in the
begining due to jet lag and fatigue. However she recovered soon and
finished her campaign in style overwhelming WGM Jovanna Rapport in the
final round.

International master Jonathan Carlsfedt who was commenting was
all praise for Bhakti's fighting spirit. "Any other girl would have been
happy to take short draws in her place. But Bhakti went for win in every
game and even managed to win a Blitz tournament in between," gushed IM
"My biggest problem was to reach Erfurt in time. I was in high spirit after
National Challengers. So just went ahead in the same mode," admitted the
former Asian Woman Champion.

Bhakti plays now at Prague Summer Chess Festival where she had to miss the
first round due to clashing of tournaments. The Czechtour organisers had
bestowed a rare honour on Bhakti by publishing her photo on the front page
of their Prague Summer International Open brochure

For Photos:

For Final Rankings:

*Ms. Bhakti Kulkarni,*
*Asian Woman Champion 2016-17,*

*Goodwill Ambassador for GCL,*
*International Woman Grand Master,*

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