Suhaani Lohia, 6 year old from Dhirubhai Ambani International School, has brought great pride to the country and more so to the city of Mumbai giving it, it's first Women Candidate Master(WCM). A sought after and cherished title at a very young age. This news came consequent to her victory in the U-7 category of the Asian Schools Chess Championship that concluded yesterday in the Iranian capital Tehran. She played in the classical format with a score of 7/9 points, winning the Bronze. While Khamdamova Afruza of Uzbekistan and Gadut Mecek Angela of Philippines secured the Silver and the Gold with 7.5 and 8 points respectively out of a maximum of 9.
Despite her age she performed with composure and displayed great technique while competing against participants from 17 countries from all over Asia, including countries like China, Singapore, Philippines, Uzbekistan, host country Iran.
With suhaanis recent foray into the worlds youngest rated chess players league is still fresh in everone's minds she made another record by being the first girl from mumbai city to claim the elusive woman candidate master title(WCM), awarded by world chess federation body (FIDE).
Speaking on the occasion of this historic moment and achievement, chief coach at SMCA, Fide Master, Balaji Guttula said, "This win a significant piece of evidence in the evolution of Chess in the city of Mumbai, and that our players are now more equipped to perform in line with global standards with their world class level of professional training.
Suhaani was officially representing India in the tournament, having won Silver at the Nationals Championship earlier this year at Nagpur.
currently suhaani preparing for the world youth chess championships to be held in Georgia later this year.