School worlds bronze for Ananya
Nine-year-old Mumbai girl Ananya Gupta has claimed a bronze medal in the World School Chess championship held at Haldikki in Greece. Ananya,a product of South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA),was ranked 7th with an ELO of 1564 in the tournament held between May 6-15. She created waves by beating the much higher ranked Yvonne Beline of France on way to finishing third in the competition. Her vigorous attitude was evident in this particular game,wherein,despite a “dead draw” situation she refused to settle for it,tricked her opponent and claimed the victory. Ananya,who had clinched gold at the 9th Singapore Chess Festival earlier,won seven out of nine games to bag the bronze,Maharashtra Chess Association’s joint secretary Nagesh Guttula said. “I felt very calm and relaxed in Greece and I played my usual game”,said Ananya about her performance. She had trained for seven hours daily before the tournament with her coaches at SMCA and is now preparing for the Under 9 nationals.
Cabello,Panwar emerge victorious
Bhubaneshwar’s birthday-boy,Sachin Panwar made sure the day was his when he defeated Uchit Sharma,another strong contender for the title,during their match. Panwar worked his way through the match with the help of his superior skill,technique and powerful kicks.
However,it was the female bout between Ritika Singh and Irene Cabello that was the main event of the night. Cabello,fueled by her loss at the hands of Sanja Sucevic,was determined to beat her opponent. Despite Singh’s support from the home crowd,Cabello was victorious on the night.