City boy bags silver in Under-13 National Chess Champs

Hyderabad: Master R. Raja Rithvik of Hyderabad bagged silver medal for Telangana in the Under-13 National Schools Chess Championship-2017 held at Nagpur from January 5 to 8. Rithvik, studying 8th class in Orchids International School, Jubilee Hills, got the National Runner-Up title by scoring 8 points out of 9 rounds in the prestigious National games.

Rithvik drew the game in the final round with Mehta Naitik of Gujarat and both got equal 8 points. But Rithvik had to contend with silver medal based on the computerized tie-break system, which declared Mehta Naitik as winner and Rithvik as runner-up.  Rithvik’s current international ELO rating is 1991.

Telangana State Chess Association President  A. Narasimha Reddy, State General Secretary  Anamchinni Venkateswar Rao, Advisor  KS Prasad have congratulated Rithvik on winning silver medal in the prestigious National event and hoped that he will become an International Master in the near future and would bring many more laurels to the State as well as the country.

Rithvik has been undergoing advanced coaching at RACE Chess Academy under the reputed coach N Rama Raju. More than 100 top players from all States such as Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, New Delhi, West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Orissa, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh have participated in the Nationals organized by All India Chess Federation.  –NSS

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