Goan player WIM Ivana Furtado played fabulously to Earn her second WGM Norm in the 10 round International Open Grand Masters Tournament held at Kolkata.
She played with 2 GM's, 3 IM's, 1WGM, and 1FM (7titled players) and 3 untitled players in all having a rating average of 2368 which indicates how strong the opposition was she scored 4wins, 3draws and 3 loses which accounted for 5.5/10 points
This was the strongest tournament ever for Ivana, which she enjoyed and will cherish for a very long time. She is Presently world 4 and India No.1 under 16 years and was under 7 world champion. She was ranked 76thwith her rating of 2177 at the beginning of the said tournament and finished 33rd in this tournament where average rating was 2394 with many Super GM’s participated including Nigel short (2674) of England and many others. She gained 43 ELO points in this tournament.
In this tournament she drew with GM Sriram Jha (2433) of LIC, won against IM Saravanan V (2359) and IM Palit Somak (2421) of Railways. She also defeated FM Islam Kh. Aminul (2298) of Bangladesh. She drew with Kathmale Sameer (2398) recently crowned IM from Maharashtra.
She is 9th standard student of Our Lady of Rosary High School, Donapaula and will be in SSC in next year. She is planning to continue playing chess for her last GM Norm till October 2014 and she wish to participate in Dubai Open in this month, Asian Junior –Lebanon to be held in August 2014 and World Junior in Mubai in October 2014.
She was welcomed by Shri Vasant Naik –Secretary of Mormugao Taluka Chess Association and Mr. Anil Patil at Airport on her arrival on Kolkata. She said that she has to catch up with 9th exams on her return from Dubai and looking ahead for her final norm and also SSC exams and she was found very cool, satisfied and confident on her achievement.
Goa Chess Association has congratulated her on her performance and wished her all the best in completing the final GM Norm and expressed that she is role model for other Goan budding Chess Players.