By Team Mangalorean – Mangalore

Mangalore November 30, 2010: Vanessa D’Souza who has done the Mangalore city proud by winning the First CAI (Chess Association India) National Women’s Chess Championship held in Palakkad, Kerala, says that consistency is one of the qualities that every chess player must attain to be successful. In a brief interview with Venessa said India’s chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand is her role model.

Vanessa D’Souza, a Derik’s Chess School talent is studying in X standard at St. Agnes Girls High School, Mangalore. Her latest victory has come after her good show in the National School Games Chess Championship held in Goa from November 10 to 14 wherein Vanessa scored all the wins to help the Karnataka Under-17 girls’ team to clinch the silver medal.

Below are the excerpts from the interview with chess prodigy Vanessa D’Souza:

Congratulations for the glorious performance in CAI National Women Championship. You also just won the board prize in National School Games and helped the Karnataka under 17 Girls team to bag the Silver in Goa. How do you feel about this?

Thanks for the wishes. These performances are very special for me. Especially, becoming CAI National Women Champion is like dream come true.  I really feel GREAT!




We too feel great. How do you find the National women championship different from your previous performances?

I normally used to focus on Girls age group championships. Since Under 9, I have participated in State National championships. There were occasions in some of the rounds; I had to play against few over aged players. This was demoralizing. However, here when I played in the Open women, I didn’t have to worry about them. I played more freely and confidently.

Which is the next event currently you are focusing on?

I played in Open Women. Now I want to play in strong open field. Upcoming Piloo Modi Chess Tournament in Lucknow in December will provide me an opportunity of playing against renowned CAI masters who have won big events organized by CAI. CAI has announced to reward the National women champion by sponsoring foreign tournament. That is another event which I need to prepare myself for.

As you said preparation is one of essential tool for participation in major events. Tell us how do you prepare? How many hours do you spend on preparation?

I work on my played games. My chess school provides me to play against strong and talented players. I study my own games deeply and keep trying to improve my style and techniques. Other than this I keep regularly working with the study projects given by Derik’s Chess School. I study around 2 to 3 hours a day averagely. My chess school has advised me to spend quality hours rather than quantity.

Who is your role model?

Vishwanathan Anand. He has remained very consistent at the top. Consistency is one of the qualities for a performer, just like the strength! Luckily I feel I am little more consistent than most of the girls in the State.

What is your motivation for excelling in chess?

My parents especially! They are very supportive. In family, all encourage me. My chess school- DCS has given me the necessary training and motivation since foundation to advanced level. My School, my friends and there is a list of people whom I am very thankful.

Your both sisters play chess. Younger one, Andria D’Souza is current State under 17 girls champion and also a national medalist. How do you find a strong chess playing sister has been helpful to you?

When we practice, we play very seriously for win whether at home, chess school or tournaments. This competitive spirit has helped me to improve myself.

When you won the championship, how did you celebrate?

In Palakkd, we hurried back to Mangalore after the valedictory. We did not get much time there. In Mangalore, I had celebration at home with family and in chess school. At my school, St Agnes girls High school we get lot of encouragement for sports. Everybody in school was congratulating me, when they read in the newspaper. I am yet to celebrate with my friends. They are asking for big treats (smile).

What is your advice to the upcoming talents?

Chess is fun. If you work hard, you can get amazing results.

We congratulate you again. You have made all of us proud. We wish best of luck to your future.

Thank you.

Venessa – A brief profile

Venessa is the daughter of Victor D’souza and Avith D’souza. She has two siblings Aviva D’souza and Andria D’souza.


State Level:

1)  Under-11 Girls State Chess Championship-2006-First-19th-21st October-Shimoga
2)  Under-14 Girls Interschool State Chess Championship-2007-FIRST22nd-24th October-Shimoga 
3)  Under-13 Girls State Chess Championship-2007-Second-16th-18th November-Mangalore
4)  Under-13 Girls State Chess Championship-2008-First-11th-13th July-Belgaum
5)  Sub-Junior Girls Chess Championship-2008-Second-14th-16th August-Mangalore
6)  Under-14 Girls Interschool State Chess Championship-2008-FIRST-22nd-24th October-Nipni
7)  Womens State Chess Championship-2009-Second-Bangalore
8)  Under-17 Girls Interschool State Chess Championship-2009-First-13th-15th November-Mysore
9)  Sub Junior Girls Chess Championship-2010-First-7th-10th August-Mangalore
10) Under-17 Girls Interschool Chess Championship-2010-Second-19th22nd October-Bangalore

National Level:

1)  Under-14 GIRLS National School Games-2005-Gold-22nd-25th January-Vizag
2)  Under-11 Girls National Chess Championship-2006-Ninth-4th-11th November-Chennai
3)  Under-12 Open Chess Tournament,Nuthan Buddhibal Mandal,Sangli-2007-Fourth-17th-20th May
4)  Under-14 Open Chess Tournament,Nuthan Buddhibal Mandal,Sangli-2007-Third-9th-12th May
5)  Under-13 Girls National Chess Championship-2008-Fifth-14th-22nd November-Vellore
6)  Under-14 Girls National School Games-2008-Bronze-13th-17th February-Guntur (A.P)
7)  Under-17 Girls National School Games-2010-Silver-10th-14 November-Goa
8)  CAI Womens National Chess Championship-2010-First-18th-21st Palakkad

International Level:

-Asian Youth Chess Championship-2009-Under-14 Girls-Sixth -New Delhi

Open Tournaments:

1)  Second Mangalore Fide Rated Open Chess Tournament-2008-U-13g-First-19th-26th July-Mangalore
2)  State Open Fide Rated Chess Championship-2008-U-13-First-5th-9th January-Mangalore
3)  Fourth Mangalore Fide Rated Open Chess Tournament-2010-U-15g-Second-10th-16th July-Mangalore
4)  State Open Fide Rated Chess Championship-2010-Best Woman Player-25th-29th April-Mangalore