Nagpur girl Divya Deshmukh bagged gold in the girls’ U-12 category at the World Cadets Chess Championship at Pocos de Caldas, Brazil. Divya had drawn with fellow national Rakshitta Ravi in the eleventh and final round. She went on to win the popular title. Divya scored 9.5 points to win the gold for India this year.
The 11-year-old from Nagpur has an ELO rating of 1993. She began her journey as a third seed and went on to win eight games and draw three rounds for the victory. Others in the championship were Rakshitta Ravi, Bhagyashree Patil and Dhayana Patil who finished eighth, 15th and 18th respectively.
This is Divya’s second world title. She won her first title at the U-10 World Youth Chess Championship in Durban in 2014. The little hotshot has previously won the U-10 Asian blitz event in early 2014 and won the rapid and standard formats in the Asian Schools Championship in 2012. In 2013, she was honored as the youngest woman FIDE Master. In the Asian Youth Championship held last year in Uzbekistan, Divya won gold in the blitz section, silver in rapid and bronze in the classical version.
Born to a gynaecologist couple Jitendra and Namrata Deshmukh, Divya took her chess training at Chess Gurukul under trainer GM R B Ramesh in Chennai.
Overwhelmed at Divya’s triumph, coach Ramesh said, “Divya is a very hard working player. She has been coming to Chess Gurukul for the past two-three years or so. She is very confident about herself and that helps her play freely on the board. This title will be a good break in her career and I hope she will cross the 2000 ELO rating mark in the next one year,” he told PTI.
A proud mother, Namrata could barely contain her joy as she spoke. “I am delighted. It is a very good feeling to have her win a second world title. She put in a lot of hard work and the result is great,” she said.
The family is all set to welcome their little wonder in a grand manner. “Ours is a joint family and we are planning something big tomorrow when she returns. I spoke to her briefly, she was very excited,” Namrata said.
She maintains that Divya’s growth has soared terrifically ever since she started coaching under Ramesh. “Almost two-three years since we are training with Ramesh. She has improved tremendously and matured as a chess player every since she began to work with him. He is a very dedicated and hard working coach. This success has been achieved because of hard work and also the great coordination between the player, coach and parents,” Namrata added.
Information source: indianexpress
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