Ananya R., a class VII student of Vidya Mandir in Mylapore is making a mark in competitive chess.
In the recently-held Tamil Nadu state chess tournament ( online), she secured the 3rd place in the under-12 girls category.
She was placed 17th (amongst 336 players) in the subsequent National-level online chess tournament in the same category.
Ananya has been training with Chess Gurukul in T. Nagar in the city. This academy which is very popular in the chess circuit has honed the skills of a multitude of talented youngsters and has mentored many Grand Masters.
She says she loves the coaching here and the insights from her coach, Jagadha.
Ananya learnt to play chess when she was five years old and is aiming now to be an international chess player.
Apart from chess, she is also an avid reader and loves baking.