Woman Grandmaster Bhakti Kulkarni of Goa gave a scintillating performance in Hanoi, Vietnam when she won second prize among women in the star studded H.D. Bank International Chess Tournament yesterday.
Bhakti was tied for second prize with World Rapid Runners up Li Tingjie of China. Former World Junior Champion Dinara Saduakassova (Kazakhstan) won the top Women prize.
Bhakti earned a cash prize of $2000 with this notable success. She also earned 42 Elo rating points with this dazzling performance.
Bhakti- the Goodwill ambassador for Goa Carbon Limited was 14th seed among women in the seeding list as the leading players from all over the world had gathered for this tournament. However Bhakti’s dream run towards end of the tournament brought her at par with the Chinese Superstar Li Tingjie. Her attacking game against veteran GM Dao Thien Hai of Vietnam was the highlight of her play.
Bhakti will now move on to Dubai for the famous Dubai Cup International where last year she won the best woman player prize.