Candidate Master (CM) Suhaani Lohia from Dhirubhai Ambani School added another feather to her glorious cap by winning the prestigious SILVER medal in the girls category at the 32nd National Under-9 age group Chess Championship 2018 that concluded yesterday in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Suhaani scored commendable 9 points out of 11 games and tied with the gold medallist Sneha halder from west bengal who ultimately won the title due to better tiebreaker score.
Another major win came from Mumbai kid Candidate Master (CM ) Kush Bhagat of American School , The first and youngest Indian to win triple Gold medals in the Foreign soil who gave a spectacular performance by finishing commendable fourth position amongst whopping 274 participants in the boys category, he also created a biggest upset in the tournament by beating the top seed and the Ultimate champion Illamparthy of Tamilnadu, Kush scored 9 points out of 11 rounds and was undefeated throughout the tournament who drew 4 games and won 7 games.
Ironically Both Suhaani and Kush are students of South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) and are being trained by renowned coach FM Balaji Guttula,""This was Suhaani's best performance to date at the National level, who has now won five medals in the U5, U7 and U9 categories of the National Championship and National Schools Championships since 2014". Brimmed with confidence about his wards potential Balaji added further by saying Kush is exceptionally talented and the amazing game he played in the last round outplaying the top seed who is more than 400 ELO points higher than this strength is a clear testimony that Kush belongs to a bigger league".
In the tournament, Suhaani scored many big wins on the way to the podium. Suhaani started the tournament seeded 6th, and her biggest victory was in the penultimate round (Round 10), in which Suhaani defeated Shefali A N, who is a 3-times National and Asian Schools & Commonwealth champion of India, in a grueling game that lasted 3hrs and 40 minutes!
With this win, Suhaani will now officially represent India in the World Cadet Chess Championship 2019 to be held in Weifang, China; in the World Cadet Rapids & Blitz Championship 2019 to be held in Minsk, Belarus, and in the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2019.