Sikkim Chess team of 6-yr-olds leaves for National C’ship

Gangtok, 29 May:

A four-member Sikkim Chess Association [SCA] team is leaving on Thursday to represent Sikkim in the 33rd Edition of National U-7 Open & Girls Chess Championship, 2019 to be held from 01–06 June at Kolkata in West Bengal. This is for the first time that a very young U-7 team from Sikkim is participating in the national championship.

The team members are six-year-old, Aaradhya Raj Adhikari, six-year-old, Pragyan Sharma, six-year-old, Atisha Chettri and six-year-old Manasvi Acharya. The team is led by Leela Prasad Acharya as team coach-cum-manager. The team is also accompanied by parents of the state team members.

Speaking to media persons, SCA general secretary, Mahendra Dhakal mentioned that for the first time the association is sending a team with such young members. This is a good sign of the development of chess in Sikkim in all age groups, he said.

“This time, the team members will also be accompanied by their parents and this would be a motivation for players and the parents as well. This is a good sign for the further development of chess,” he said.

Mr Dhakal stated that all team members performed well in the recent North East Chess Championship held in Sikkim. Aaradhya won a gold medal, Atisha won a silver medal and Pragyan and Manasvi won a bronze medal each in the north east championship.

He expressed hope for a better performance by the State team members in the national championship.

“This national championship would be a big exposure for these young players to test their performance among leading players of the country,” he added.