Mumbai: Twelve-year-old Yesha Shah stunned Israeli Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld in the Simultaneous Chess Exhibition Match organised by the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) and India infoline wealth and asset management limited (IIFWL) at Kamala mills compound , lower parel on Saturday. A total of 40 budding players got their lifetime opportunities to play a round on the 64 squares with a stalwart like Greenfeld.
The seventh standard girl of Poddar International School is known for coming up with shockers against higher rated players. Having beaten a state champions in the past, Yesha did it once again on Saturday to earn accolades from all present, including Greenfeld.
However, that was the only loss that the Israeli GM suffered in the four-hour long exhibition match. The foreigner gave away two more points to Shiv Some and Shourya Jain, who were also successful in matching the Grandmaster shot for shot, but had to be content with draws.
Four-and-half-year-old Anaisha Nahar though emerged the youngest participant in the meet. The participants included the reigning U-12 World Youth silver medallist from Nagpur, Mrudul Dehankar and former World Schools' winner Dev Shah.
Praising the city youngsters, Greenfeld was particularly impressed with the kids' temperament and concentration levels. "If trained well, these kids can be the next champions from India," the Israeli Grandmaster said at the end of the programme.
On the conclusion of the 10-day coaching camp organized by SMCA, Greenfeld will take with him satisfaction of training some really talented ones. "India is progressing well in chess with so many talents coming up every day. I wish them all the best," The Grandmaster signed off.