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GOOD SPORTS: Another Chess Prodigy

Compiled/partly written Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written Melvin Durai
February 2013
GOOD SPORTS: Another Chess Prodigy

The country that produced world chess champion Viswanathan Anand seemingly has no shortage of chess prodigies. Among the youngest is Divya Deshmukh of Nagpur, who won two gold medals in the under-7 girls’ category at the 8th Asian Schools Chess Championship, held recently at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi. Divya won the standard event, as well as a five-round blitz event.

“Though Divya is young, she has begun understanding worth of winning,” her mother, Dr. Namrata Deshmukh, told Times of India. “After the victory her first call was to elder sister Arya saying, ‘I have represented India and won gold medals.’”

Divya will represent Asia in the World Schools Chess Championship in Greece this year. And maybe one day, if she keeps at it, she will stare across the chess board at her idol, Anand. That would be in the under-70 category, of course.


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