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Dev Shah wins Gold in the Commonwealth chess championships, Glasgow, Scotland.

Current Maharashtra state champion & India's youngest rated chess player, 7 yr old Mumbai chess prodigy Dev shah of SMCA created a new record by winning Gold in the prestigious Under-10 Commonwealth Chess Championships 2014 in the mixed category of boys & girls concluded at Glasgow, Scotland.

This is dev shahs second big win after winning a silver medal in the Nationals Schools chess championships last month in New Delhi, by winning Gold in U-10 commonwealth , in a category where he being a seven year old should have been in the back of the line, he took the reigns in his hands and stunned his predecessors with his absolute skill and talent and ambition to win no matter the opponent.

Dev has been felicitated with a winners trophy ,certificate & a prize money of 200 pounds.
his parents rahul & krupali are very ecstatic over his grand victory.

Dev currently preparing for the world youth chess championships to be held later this year in durban,south Africa.

Dev shahs Gold conquests so far

Gold medalist in the boys & girls category of U-10 commonwealth Chess championships 2014, Scotland

Gold medalist in the U-7 Maharashtra state chess championships 2014

Good medalist in the Asian schools chess championships 2013 srilanka

Double Gold medalist in the Asian schools chess championships 2012

NUBAIRSHAH SHAIKHOF THANE WINS SILVER MEDAL IN COMMONWEALTH CHESSCHAMPIONSHIP 2014

Thane, 10thJuly : Twentith Commonwealth Chess Championships 2014 was organized by Scotland Chess Federation under the auspices of World Chess Federationbetween 30Juneto 8 July 2014 at Glasgow, Scotland. Total of 198 players along with 9Grand Masters, 3 Woman Grand Masters , 10 International Masters, 3 Woman International Masters , total of 141 international rated players made the competition tough to win and play. Event was played with Swiss league of 9 rounds in Open, U-16, U-14,U-12 and U-10 categories separately.

International rated player Nubairshah Shaikh (2237) studying Second year of Diploma in Engineering at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai was participated in the event. He was officially selected in Indian team to play Under- 16 category. He finished the event with 8 points (8 win and 1 loss) in 9rounds andplaced second and won Silver Medal for India.He only lost one match with India’s Gold Medal Winner IM ArvindChithambaram. He defeated Koehn Lennart of Scotland, Tshabala Ernest of South Africa, Nicholas Thomas of Wales, V Varshini of India, Reid Caitilin of Scotland, U. Ashvini of India, Conti Mathew of Scotland and Calderon Paul of USA.

He also played in Commonwealth Open Chess Championsip and had shown his talent with titled players. . He defeated experienced and senior GM Dibyendu Barua (2452) of India, Drew with GM Saptarshi Roy Choudhary( 2428) of India, IM Wang Puchen (2450) of New Zealand and Scotish Champion FM Tate Alan (2339 . He made 5.5 points ( 4 win, 3 draw and 2 loss) in Open Group. Because of his outstanding performance, raised international rating by 28 points.

Nubairshah said, “ I feel very happy that I earned Silver medal for ournation. I performed well in both the event. Again I want to improve my game to better level. I am preparing now for World Junior Chess Championships, which is scheduled at Pune in October 2014. ”

Chess Players IM Shardul Gagare and Aakanksha Hagawane Felicitated

Mumbai boy, Siddhant Lohia of Dhirubai Ambani School and chess prodigy of the SMCA has went on to win his second international medal by winning bronze at the Ultimate World Schools Rapid Chess Championship 2014 that concluded in kavala, Greece last wednesday.

Its one of the greatest tournaments of the year, with participants from over 29 countries in the world and from the age group of U-7 to U-17. He participated in the U-9 Open Category Rapid Chess Tournament which was conducted in 9 rounds over two days.

Siddhanth after playing against chess champions from Greece, Moldova, Russia, Italy, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan and creating an upset by drawing against the reigning Asian Champion Sindarov Javokhir of Azerbaijan and defeating World No.2 Sulemani of Uzbekistan (which also became the biggest upset of the tournament) and scoring 4.5/5 in the first day and 7/9 on the second and after a tie for the silver medal, Siddhant emerged victorious with flying colours claiming the bronze and with it making himself a part of the top 10 in all the three categories of chess. He has not only put his name down in history but also created a benchmark by his performance and a global fan base!

Siddhanth's parents sushir & sheetal lohia are completely overwhelmed by this success of their son, they both believe that it is product of a combined effort of Siddhant, his coaches at SMCA and his school and that all the sacrifices made by them, by him and all involved in his training have all yielded in this win.

As for his coach Balaji guttula , who his on the high skies after Siddhant's feat believes that his current standing is a great achievement and that his player has the potential to break the 1800 barrier in his FIDE rating within a year! As for Sid he understands the value of delivering a performance like this at this stage and was over excited and ecstatic as he received his medal and is now looking forward to relax after this fierce competitive routine.

His next tournament at the international level will be at the World Youth Chess Championships that will be held in South Africa later this year.

For now we are all extremely proud as this is one step closer towards our dream of making the city and the state, the chess capital of the country!

Siddhanth Lohia wins bronze in World schools Rapid chess in Greece!

Local girl Aakanksha Hagawane and IM Shardul Gagare were felicitated by Pune District Chess Circle, Maharashtra Chess Association and Symbiosis SPA for their latest achievements in Chess. This event was organised at Symbiosis SPA by PDCC, MCA and Symbiosis SPA. Jt. Secretary MCA Moreshwar Bhagwat, Director Symbiosis SPA Satish Thigale, Secretary PDCC Niranjan Godbole and Grand Master Abhijit Kunte were present on the dias along with Shardul and Aakanksha. Mr. Jayant Gokhale, Aakanksha's Trainer was also felicitated. WIM Mrunalini Kunte-Aurangabadkar, Mr. Prakash Kunte, Mr. Shekhar Jori and Mr. Rajendra Shidore were present amongst others.

IM Shardul Gagare was felicitated by Mr. Moreshwar Bhagwat and Dr Satish Thigale for winning the Gold Medal in the Team Event for India at the World Youth (U-16) Chess Olympiad held in China. He also won the Bronze Medal in the Individual Category. He also recently completed his first GM Norm at a Tournament held in Spain.

Local girl Aakanksha Hagawane was felicitated by WIM Mrunalini Kunte-Aurangabadkar and Mr. Niranjan Godbole for winning the National U-13 Chess Championship held recently at Puducherry. Her Trainer Mr. Jayant Gokhale was also felicitated by Dr. Satish Thigale along with her. Pune District Chess Circle announced a cash prize worth Rs. 11,000/- for Aakanksha on this occasion.

Best Performance by Aakanksha and Abhimanyu at National under-13 Chess Championship, Pondicherry-2013

Aakanksha Hagawane of 13 years, from Pune created history by becoming National champion from Maharashtra in National under-13 Girls' Chess Championship at Pondicherry. She scored emphatic wins over World Champion R.Vaishali (under-12 Girls) and Asian Chess Champion Riya Savant (Under 14 Girls) on the way to her title.The 8th standard student from Deccan education society-Aakanksha gained unbelievable 121 Elo points due to this victory.

Maharashtra missed a grand double when Abhimanyu Puranik (8.5) tied for top place in Boys section but finished second due to lesser tie break. However Maharashtra will have extra 5 seats in the next year at National under-13 Championships because of their good performance.

Both, Aakanksha and Abhimanyu are trained by former National Junior Champion Jayant Gokhale.

 
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