Mumbai, July 11:
After making Mumbai and India proud on several occasions in the past, the eight-year-old Suhaani Lohia from the Dhirubhai Ambani School continues to take giant strides and add big achievements against her name in chess.
The wonder kid from the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA), besides being India's youngest rated chess player and also the first WCM from Mumbai now has a Commonwealth bronze medal to prove that she is one of the forces to reckon with in junior category.
The eight-year-old has already proven her tenacity and resolve in the most competitive age group tournaments and her bronze medal in the National Under-7 championships in Tamil Nadu is a testimony to that. She also has silver and bronze medals at the national school level competitions.
The tournament which was held in Delhi from July 2-10 saw top quality players from 13 major Commonwealth nations take part. The players from India too were equally good and talented and the young Suhaani putting up a commendable effort to earn a praiseworthy 5.5 out of the seven games which eventually fetched her the bronze medal.
There have been many in the domain of sports who have made name for themselves and have rewritten history as well not only through their remarkable achievements but also by showing a good amount of consistency. The eight-year-old Suhaani is no different when it comes to consistency and her performances prove that she is well on her way to the pinnacle of success in Indian chess.
Quite content with the ward’s success, SMCA chief coach Balaji Guttula hoped the girl would reach the top level of the game. “Suhaani is a very talented girl and groomed well she can be a world-beater… She is India's response to world super power chess nations,” Balaji said.