Mangaluru: Six-year-old chess prodigy Shriyana Mallya has made her hometown Mangaluru proud by winning the gold medal in the under-7 girls category in National Schools Chess Championship held at Nagpur from January 5 to 7. She scored 8 points in 9 rounds and claimed the gold with a clear point lead.
With this performance, she has qualified to represent India in the World and Asian school chess championships to be held at Romania and China respectively.
Daughter of Sandeep and Nandini Mallya, Shriyana is studying in the first standard at Lourdes Central School. She is being trained in chess at Derik's Chess School (DCS).
In 2016, playing her first under-7 girls chess championship in Mandya, Shriyana delivered a strong performance to bag runner-up position and had qualified for the nationals. In nationals, she finished a credible 14th. Again playing state school championship of 2017 edition, she proved too strong for her group by clinching the title with an unbeaten performance.
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