Mumbai kids, Aditya Patil and Suhaani Lohia, both representing India produced some impressive performances and did remarkably well by finishing with bronze medals in the Asian Schools Chess Competition, according to information received, here. Both these prodigious talents Aditya and Suhaani are trainees with the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA).
Seven-year-old Aditya, a student of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, played with plenty of confidence to clinch the bronze medal in the Under-7 Open Rapid category of the chess championship, which was played at the Liaohe Art Museum, Panjin, China and concluded on Saturday.
There were a total of 26 players from 10 countries who participated in this competition and the eighth-seeded Mumbai lad Aditya scored 5 out of a possible 7 points.
Buto Al-Basher of The Philippines with an all-win record bagged the gold medal with 7 points. China’s Chen Zhiyuan along with Aditya and Kiaan Agrawal also of India, all ended with 5 points each. But the Chinese players was declared winner of the silver medal and Aditya picked the bronze on the basis of better progressive scores.
Meanwhile, 8-year-old WCM Suhaani Lohia, continued with her fine run of form and added another medal to her rich lists of achievements. Early this month Suhaani was in the spotlight when she also finished with the bronze in the Commonwealth Chess Championship in New Delhi. In China, the Mumbai girl once again made the right moves and managed to clinch the bronze medal in the Asian Schools Under-9 girls blitz category.
Aktamova Zilola of Uzbekistan with a tally of 8.5 points raced away with the gold followed by Chinese WCM Chen Yining who picked the silver with 7.5 points. WCM Suhaani Lohia with 6.5 points had to settle for the bronze.
SMCA coach, FIDE master Balaji Guttula, was excited and pleased with the success of both these kids. “”Both Aditya and Suhaani are extremely talented. Aditya is a bright kid with a great future and Suhaani is unstoppable at the moment clinching back to back victories. She might be well on her way in becoming the next superstar in Indian chess,” stated Guttula.
“Suhaani’s bronze medal winning efforts in both the Commonwealth Championship and the Asian Schools Championship has proved that the young girl is totally dedicated and committed. These are signs that the future holds much bigger and better things to come for the eight-year old Mumbai player,” Guttula pointed out.
Mumbai kid’s Aditya Patil (left) and Suhaani Lohia are all smiles and show off with their bronze medals they won in the Asian Schools Chess Championship, in China.