3 Trichy youngsters all set to checkmate the world
TNN | Nov 3, 2012, 06.11AM IST
TRICHY: Three students in the age group of eight to 18 will represent Trichy in the forthcoming Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) World Youth Chess Championships from November 7 to 19. “This is indeed an honour for Trichy as the three champions are among 17 from the southern part of India including Chennai, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh who will represent India at the Slovenia world tournament this year,” said Anantharaja, president of the Trichy District Chess Association.
For instance, Ram Aravind L N, a student of Kamala Niketan, Trichy, is one of the five players who will represent India in the under-10 open category with the top-rated 1919 points. Akilesh Viswaa, a student of Campion School, Trichy, with a rating of 1352 will be among the three students representing India in the under-8 open category. And, Raja Bhuvaneshwari, a student of Anna University, will be among five girls who will represent India with an individual rating of 1717. There are five categories in all, namely under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 in both the open and girls separation. Interestingly, the girls are free to participate in the open among boys, but boys are not allowed that privilege.
Trichy District Chess Association identifies talented chess players through inter-school tournaments, and then they compete in the state and national championships. Being an education hub, Trichy produces a large number of amateur players and the weekend tournaments not only attract an average of 300 students, most of whom are honed to become champions, said Sundarraj, secretary of the association.
Interestingly, R Bhuvaneshwari, the gold medal winner in the under-20 category at the Commonwealth Championship, is going to the tournament as a donor entry. Nine-year-old Ram Aravind is the country’s current youngest FIDE master, and has won the under-seven state championship at Erode in 2010. Top seeded Akilesh Viswaa shared the top spot with M Aditya with four points each at the National U-7 Chess Championship in July last year.
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