Tripura’s Arshiya left for Uzbekistan to represent India

Tanmoy Chakraborty

Meet the eight-year-old Chess genius of Tripura Arshiya Das who left for New Delhi on Tuesday, where from she will fly to Uzbekistan to represent India in the Asian School Chess Championship.

The chess champion Arshiya Das said that she is confident of winning a gold medal in the competition.

“I am ready to participate in the completion and I am confident that I will play well and will win gold for my state and for my country”, she said.

Arshiya is currently holding the position of the country’s champion in under-nine chess category.

The chess player Arshiya is a student of the third standard at Holy Cross School here. She has been playing chess since she was five year old and has won a series of contests and tournaments over the past three years.

Earlier in 2018, Arshiya missed the World Championship in Spain and got the 13th position. She played at Asian Chess Championship in Thailand in 2018 and at the World Chess Championship in Spain last year. She has also won several state championships, Northeast Championships in the past.

Arshiya Das became the first chess player from the state of Tripura to participate in a performing rated chess tournament at Agartala at the age of five and is performing brilliantly and achieved the Best The youngest player in the tournament.

She has also earned a Bronze medal in the 31st National under 7 open and girls chess championship in 2017 at Vijaywada as a result which she has she has qualified for the Asian Youth Chess Championship-2018 at Thailand and has qualified for the World Chess Championship-2018 at Spain.

Recently she got GOLD medal in National School Championship-2019 at Raipur and qualified for the Asian Schools Chess Championship-2019 at Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 19th June to 29th June 2019.

Prasenjit Dutta, coach of Arshiya and ace chess player FIDE master told this correspondent that they are very hopeful of Arshia clinching her first international medal at Uzbekistan this year.

“She is a very talented player. I am sure she will win her international medal this time”, the coach said.

Dutta, is living at Delhi and runs his own chess academy, coordinates with Arshiya and other students via online classes for nearly 2-3 hours every day. He also frequently visits Agartala to train Arshiya for over 7 hours a day.

Her parents – Purnendu Das and Arnisha Nath Das say chess came naturally to Arshiya.

“We never had any major experience in chess. Arshiya stumbled upon a chess game on the computer when she was a little baby. She developed a knack for the game and soon picked up in different contests. She started playing her first national championship at 6 years of age.

Later, Coach Prasenjit Dutta started coaching our daughter and now we hope she will farewell”, Arnisha Nath Das said.

Arshiya says she wants to become a Woman Grandmaster and grow up like Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand in future.