Mumbai: The children from Mumbai continue to bring laurels and make the nation proud as the prodigious chess talents -Aditya Kunal Patil and Suhaani Lohia clinched bronze medals at the Asian Schools Chess Competition in China.
Aditya, from DIAS won the bronze medal in the U-7 rapid championship held in Panjin, China.
There were a total of 26 players from 10 countries who took part in the competition out of which the eighth-seeded Aditya scored 5/7 and finished in the third place.
En route to the bronze, the seven-year old Aditya beat fellow Indian and the top seeded Kiaan Agarwal who has a FIDE rating of 1328. Kiaan won the bronze medal in the classical format.
Not only Kiaan but the seven-year old Aditya went past the third seeded Buto Al-Basher from Finland and the sixth seeded Buyandrakh Ganbaatar from Mongolia respectively.
For Suhaani Lohia, things just couldn’t get better. Hardly a week has passed since she won the commonwealth chess medal in New Delhi and now, her bronze medal in the Asian schools U-9 girls blitz championship in China is a signal that the future holds much bigger and better things to come for the eight-year old.
She scored 6.5/9 and beat Dela Cruz Daren from the Philippines and the fourth seeded Azzaya Amarbat from Mongolia and claimed the third place.
Daren had stood second in the classic game.
Both these prodigious talents are products of the South Mumbai Chess Academy and their coach, FIDE master Balaji Guttula is an elated man at the success of both these kids.
He said, “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.”