Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 9:

It is indeed a proud moment for the people of Odisha as chess star Aparajita Gochhikar has earned the distinction of becoming India’s youngest national coach to represent the country in Asian Youth Chess Championship-2017.

Candidate Master (CM) and National Instructor (NI) title holder Aparajita will be coaching the team picked up for the world event to be held at Tashkent, Uzbekistan from March 30 to April 10, a letter by Sports Authority of India (SAI) said.

“I received a communication from Government of India. I am elated that I am the first girl from the state and India to get such honour. I will be coaching chess participants representing India in the age group of 8 to 18,” Aparajita Gochhikar told OST.

“I will try my very best to bring laurel for the state and country” she added while thanking All India Chess Federation (AICF).

Notably, the Uzbekistan Chess Federation (UCF) is organising the Asian Youth Chess Championship and Asian Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships.

The 24-year-old from Puri has bagged many national and international titles. Earlier, she had bagged silver and bronze medals in open category in World Amateur Chess Championship-2016 at Halkidiki, Greece. Besides, she has also won silver medat at Commonwealth Chess Championship for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013 at Chennai and Port Elizabeth, South Africa respectively.

She earned the Candidate Master (CM) title last year from FIDE (World Chess Federation).

Aparajita is an alumnus of city-based KIIT University. Currently, she is associated wiith KIIT Chess Academy for development of the sport in Odisha. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated her for the rare feat and wished her for bright future.