Mangalorean Vanessa D’Souza Wins National Chess Championship

Media Release

Mangalore, Nov 25: Derik’s Chess School talent Vanessa D’Souza has emerged champion in the first CAI (Chess Association of India) National Women Chess championship held at Palakkad, Kerala recently.

The tournament was organised by Palakkad District Chess Association on behalf of Kerala Chess Association under the aegis of CAI. The event carried a total prize fund of Rs three lac.

Vanessa scored an unbeaten seven points in as many rounds to win the gold and cash prize of Rs 20,000. She has been selected to represent CAI in an international event in the year 2011.
Vanessa is studying in St Agnes Girls’ High School.

Other prominent performances by DCS talents:
In under-14 girls category, Mahima Khandige scored an unbeaten five points in seven rounds with three wins and four draws to win the silver. Sanchitha Kamath won the bronze in the same category with five points.

Top: Mahima Khandige, Sanchitha Kamath, Reesha Shenoy
Bottom: Ashwija B, Sanskriti Rao, Adithi B Rao

Mahima and Sanchitha are also studying in St Agnes Girls’ High School.
In under-12 category, Sanskriti Rao (BGS Education Centre, Kavoor) bagged the silver.
In under-10 category, Reesha Shenoy (Carmel English Medium) won the silver while Adithi B Rao (Sharada Vidyalaya) secured the fourth place and Ashwija Bharanya stood fifth.