Mumbai: Mumbai lad Rishab Shah clinched the bronze medal in the Western Asia Youth Chess Championships concluded yesterday in Sri Lanka.
The 14-year-old Rishab, a product of the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) was one of the stars of the tournament as he defeated the sixth, seventh and eighth seeded players respectively, en route to his third place finish in the U-14 Rapid format where there were a total of 18 participants. He scored five out of seven points which helped him clinch a podium finish.
Rishabh had to settle for the fourth position as he missed out one, in the classical format of the U-14 boys category. The boy with a Rapid FIDE Rating of 1667 Elo points scored 6.5 out of the nine points, and drew with second seeded CM GMH Thilakaratne, who eventually ended up on the second position. A total of 187 players from five countries had taken part in the open category.
FIDE Master Balaji Guttula of the SMCA, the institution which produces some of the country's best and consistent child performers in chess felt that the 14-year-old Rishabh has a lot of talent in him and with every passing day, he is improving.
"Rishabh is a very talented player and and time and again, he is proving this prowess," he said.
A former Singapore Open National champion, Rishab has a knack of drawing games against Grandmasters.