This seventh grader is a chess champion
Mounika Akshay, who went to Brazil to participate in the School Chess Championship in the under-2 division, bagged a bronze medal in the tournament.
Mounika Akshay, who went to Brazil to participate in the School Chess Championship in the under-2 division, bagged a bronze medal in the tournament. The international chess championship was held between November 26 and December 4.
An elated Mounika declared that she would not rest until she became a grandmaster in the World Chess Championship. Mounika, who is a student of Guntur Bhashyam Blooms School, achieved the impossible feat beating several rivals from 27 countries. She played 9 rounds and scored 7.5 points and stood in the second place, making her eligible for the bronze bonanza. Last year Mounika bagged a gold medal in Taiwan in the 10th Asian School Championship under-11 girls division.
Mounika has many feathers in her cap. She has a history of securing medals wherever she participated. In 2013, she participated in Dubai under-10 group chess competition and also in Iran, in the youth chess competition and stood in fifth place in rapid division and seventh place in standard category. She also got the eighth place in Blidz. In the same year she participated in the Sri Lanka international tournament for under-10 and bagged the gold medal. In 2011, she stood in the 19th place in the under-8 category in Brazil.
By: Ravi P Benjamin