Chess prodigy from Tiruchi adds feathers to his cap
TIRUCHI, July 3, 2014
Ram Aravind bags silver medals in Asian Youth Chess Championship
Chess prodigy L.N.Ram Aravind has added two more international medals to his kitty .
The class 7 student of Kamala Niketan Montessori School here bagged silver medals in the standard and rapid formats in the under-12 age category at the recently-concluded Asian Youth Chess Championship in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
In the standard format, Ram Aravind, who trains at Chess Gurukul in Chennai, and Nguyen Anh Khoi of Vietnam were tied for the top spot with 7.5 points each after the ninth and final round. However, Khoi was adjudged winner since he had defeated Ram Aravind in the fourth round.
Ram Aravind had won gold medals in the under-8 (in the year 2011) and under-10 (2013) categories at the championship. He is also the reigning national under-11 champion.
In the rapid event at the Asian championship, he finished with 5.5 points (five wins, a draw, and a loss) from seven rounds. “I like playing rapid chess as it helps to improve my speed,” he says.
The FIDE Master has set his sights on the World Youth Chess Championship (standard format) to be held in Durban later this year. He had bagged under-8 silver medal in 2011 and under-10 bronze medal in 2012 at the championship. “I am aiming for gold this time,” says the gifted youngster.