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Mumbai girl clinches bronze at World School Chess

May 28, 2013 14:59 IST

Nine-year-old Mumbai girl Ananya Gupta has claimed a bronze medal in the World School Chess championship held at Haldikki in Greece.

Ananya, a product of South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA), was ranked 7th with an ELO of 1564 in the tournament held between May 6-15.

She created waves by beating the much higher ranked Yvonne Beline of France on way to finishing third in the competition.

Her attacking attitude was evident in this particular game, wherein, despite a "dead draw" situation she refused to settle for it, tricked her opponent and claimed the victory.

Ananya, who had clinched gold at the 9th Singapore Chess Festival earlier, won seven out of nine games to bag the bronze, Maharashtra Chess Association's joint secretary Nagesh Guttula said.

"I felt very calm and relaxed in Greece and I played my usual game", Ananya said about her performance.

Prior to the tournament, Ananya would practice seven hours daily with her coaches at SMCA and the youngster is now preparing for the Under-9 nationals.

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