Chess prodigy Shriyana Mallya has won the Commonwealth 2018 Gold in the Under-8 Girls’ category. Trained under coaches Gahan Mg and Sameer Ghotane from Chess SaGa, the eight-year-old from Mangaluru won the chess championship in Delhi recently.

The chess champion won 5 and drew two sets, scoring 6 points to seize the title. In the final round, four girls scored equal points. Maharastra’s Shah Hiya won the silver, while Shresthi Gupta from Punjab won the bronze. Another Karnataka girl, Harini, secured fourth place.

Among 40 participants in the U-8 Girls Category, Shriyana, who was ranked 16th at the beginning of the championship, made a big comeback since the first round, and clinched the title

In May this year, Shriyana also won the Karnataka state level under 11 girls’ open chess championship. Thus she was eligible to represent Karnataka state in the national chess championship.

Exactly a year ago, on April 30, 2017, Shriyana made a big turnout in international circuit and won the bronze medal in the world school chess championship held in Lasi, Romania. She had also collected another bronze in the blitz tournament held at the same place. Last month, she represented India in the Asian school chess championship held in Thailand in the under-8 category. Her team clinched the bronze medal for India.

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The daughter of Sandeep and Nandini Mallya, Shriyana holds the tag of being the national school chess champion as well as Karnataka state chess champion in the under-7 girls’ age category. She was bestowed with these titles on January 7 in Nagpur and on April 4, 2017, in Bengaluru.

Shriyana studies in Std II at Lourdes Central School. Year 2016 was a landmark for her when she played her first under-7 girls’ chess championship in Mandya.

We wish Shriyana all the best!

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