Mangalore: Seven from Derik's Chess School Qualify for National Championships


Mangalore: Seven from Derik's Chess School Qualify for National Championship

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Mangalore, Sep 20: Seven students of city's Derik's Chess School have qualified for the National School Chess Championship to be organised by School Games Federation of India from September 25 to 29 at Jabalpur, Madhyapradesh.

Out of the seven, Nihal Manjunath, Vanessa D'Souza, Andria D'Souza, Reesha Shenoy, Pangal Gopalkrishna Nayak and Mahima Khandige are from various schools in the city.


Nihal Manjunath

Nihal Manjunath of St Aloysius P U College, scored 7.5 points in 9 rounds in the State PU Boys Chess selection trials. He won the runner up place and was selected for the Karnataka Under 19 Boys team participating in the National school games.


Vanessa D'Souza

CAI's national women champion Vanessa D'Souza of St Agnes P U College, was initially seeded 5th in the Karnataka state PU Girls Chess selection trials held at Chikmagalur on September 5 and 6. She outwitted her opponents including seeded FIDE rated players with ease to score very impressive 8.5 points in 9 rounds. With this performance she has not only won the title, she will now lead the Karnataka Under 19 girls team in the National School Games. This is the 7th time she is representing Karnataka in the National School Games. She has played major roles in winning medals for the state.


Andria D'Souza

Andria D'Souza of St Agnes Girls High School, scored an unbeaten 8.5 points in 10 rounds to defend her title in the Karnataka State under-14 girls chess selection trials held at Shimoga from September 7-10. She will lead Karnataka under-14 girls team in the national school games for the second consecutive year.


Reesha Shenoy

Reesha Shenoy of St Anne's Primary School, scored 8 points in 10 rounds to win the fourth place in the under-14 girls category and a berth in the state under-14 girls team.


Pangal Gopalkrishna Nayak

Pangal Gopalkrishna Nayak of Canara Urwa High school, scored 8.5 points to secure runner-up place in the under-14 boys category. He will represent Karnataka team for the consecutive second time in the National School Games.


Mahima Khandige

Mahima Khandige of St Agnes Girls High School, scored 8 points in 10 rounds in the under-17 girls selection trials, securing the 5th place and a berth in the Karnataka state under-17 girls team.


Sinchana Gowda

Sinchana Gowda of Jawahar Navodaya, Balehonnur, Chikmagalur district scored 9 points in 9 rounds with easy wins in all the rounds to secure first place in the National Jawahar Navodaya Chess Championship in under-14 girls category held in Chandigarh on September 17 and 18. She will now lead the Jawahar Navodaya team in the National School Games.

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  • raj gopal shetty, udupi

    Sun, Oct 2 2011

    congrats. wish international results

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  • CONRAD DSOUZA, DELHI

    Sat, Sep 24 2011

    Congratulations to all of you and may god bless you all and win many many more prizes. I am proudn that my Reesha is amongst the winners

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  • Vinaya K Rai, Mangalore / Bangkok

    Thu, Sep 22 2011

    Congratulations and all the best to all students and Derik's Chess School team.

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  • Romula Sequeira, MANGALORE/USA

    Wed, Sep 21 2011

    congrats Vanessa and Andria...All the best for the Nationals, May God Bless you and come out in flying colors. We are proud of you all. Love from all your Uncles/Aunts and cousins.Dubai/USA

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  • Vaneesha Rodrigues, Kodikal, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 21 2011

    congratulations to all the participants and to Derik and Prasanna because of your hard work and support to the these student made them to win. i wish you all good luck. may god bless you all and win many many more prizes.

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  • Vivian , Dubai

    Wed, Sep 21 2011

    All the best to all participants , specially to Venessa and Andria...

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  • Percy Noronha, Mangalore, Muscat

    Tue, Sep 20 2011

    Best of luck to all participants in the National Championship, specially to the sisters Venessa and Andria.

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  • Pavan, Karkala

    Tue, Sep 20 2011

    Congratulations Team !
    I wish you all the best in the NL competition.

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  • Vivian Fernandes, dubai

    Tue, Sep 20 2011

    Congrats Venessa & Andria...Wish u all the very best....

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