Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 1:
Yashita Rout has brought laurels for Odisha as she won the silver medal in the National Under -7 Girls’ Chess tournament held between August 17 and 25 at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai.
While Karnataka’s KGR Anagha won gold, Swetha Bhalletti won bronze in the national level tournament that witnessed players from across the country.
Yashita and Anagha were tied with nine points each from 11 rounds. But, Anagha’s better progressive tie-break score of 69.5 to Rout’s 67.5 helped her clinch the title.
With the silver in the prestigious tournament, she will soon have her rating card open.
“I want to do well in my studies. If I do well in my studies, I would be able to understand the words in the Chess book better and it would be easier for me to become a grand master,” said the little girl who aspires to be a grand master and considers Vishwanathan Anand as her role model.
Born to Indian parents but in USA’s Florida, six and half year old year old little Yashita earlier had challenges attending tournaments as she had not received an Indian citizenship.
She had earlier been barred by All India Chess Federation from competing in National level children chess competition last year and received her Indian citizenship only three days before this year’s tournament held in Chennai.
Apart from the silver in the national level tournament, the little wonder has also scored well in many other smaller championships including seven state level championships including KiiT international and Bhola Infratech national championship.