Krystal Fernandes ( 1416) of Goa defeated Kruthika K.R.( 1241 ) of Tamil Nadu in the final round to clinch Silver Medal at National U-9 Girls held at Ahmedabad , Gujrat. She scored 10 points out of 11 rounds with 9 wins and 2 draws without losing a single game. She missed the Gold Medal with a half point. WFM Lakshmi of Tamil Nadu won the Gold.
Krystal is a student of Rosary High School Miramar and coached by Mr. Siva Swamy and Mrs. Prasanna Swamy from Bambolim.
Swera Braganza ( 1377) drew her last round with WCM Salonika Saina ( 1479) of Orissa in the final round to finish 5th with the score of 7.5 points.
Goa Chess Association Office bearers Shri Ashesh Keni ( President),Shri Arvind Mhamal ( Secretary) Shri Kishor Bandekar ( Treasurer) and Mr. Balakrishnan ( Joint Secretary) and all other Executive Committee members joined to congratulate Krystal on winning Silver Medal for Goa. Goan Girls have always shown success at National and International level and now Krystal has emerged as a new star and we wish her big success in near future.
Bewerly Mendonca scored 6 points and Mayuri Chari scored 1 point.
In the Open section Leon Mendonca scored 5.5 points and Jayesh Shettigar scored 4 points .