In the just concluded World School's Chess Championships at Sochi, Russia, the ultimate chess tournament of the year, with over 500 participants from 28 countries, and 12 categories. Our city boys have given us much reason to be proud coming in the top three of the team championships, only after Uzbekistan we sealed the Silver Medal, playing 40 other teams to get to the spot in one of the most challenging competitions in the world.
The Indian Team that has the laurel to its name, consists of Harshita A of tamilnadu , Dhyana Patel of Gujarat , Ayush Pattnaik of Madhya Pradesh , Savitha Shri B of tamilnadu , and city boy Rishab Shah of Cathedral & john Connon School,whose win in the U-13 boys open category with six points out of possible 9 games aided the India team A in securing the silver. Rishab is a little bit of a local legend with many national and international achievements to his name, and is a commendable player who is most specifically known for his consistency, in which he plays back to back tournaments with the same determination and delivers fabulous performances every time.
Whereas, he was not alone in making the city proud of its Chess players, he was assisted by his compatriot and bench mate at SMCA training academy Kush Bhagat, of Hill spring International School, who also won 6th place in the U-7 open category, however he will be remembered for securing first place amongst Under-7 Blitz Category, notably he is also the reigning Maharashtra state champion!
These boys have contributed to the overall Indian teams achievement and have inspired hundreds from the city to pursue their dreams, with India currently touching new heights in the sports world, Chess must keep up with the same spirit and it is players like these that help further that dream.