Hyderabad: It was a rewarding moment for Telangana’s Velpula Sarayu when she improved her silver medal performance in the under-11 National Girls Chess Championship in 2017 with a gold medal in the under-13 girls’ category in Visakhapatnam recently.
Due to financial constraints, the 12-year-old young prodigy from Mundrai village in Warangal was initially unsure about attending the event. “I was not sure about participating. My father struggled a lot to raise funds for the tournament. I’m happy I could make my family happy as I could win the gold medal this time,” Sarayu, a Class VIII student from Tejaswi Concept School, Prashant Nagar said.
Sarayu’s father, Velpula Sampath, a rural medical practitioner said even though it was a hard task to manage money, he wanted his daughter to participate as he was confident about her abilities. “We are from a lower income family but we love to see our daughter win national and international tournaments. Her coach B Sampath sir also told us about her abilities,” Sampath added.
This year has been a good one so far for Sarayu. She won the Bhopal International GM Chess Tournament and bagged the State under-13 girls title. Sarayu was also selected for the Kazhakstan International School Chess Tournament.
“Sarayu is an amazing talent. Her hunger for success is admirable. She has already started well with 1768 ELO rating points. She has the potential to become a Grand Master,” said KS Prasad, general secretary, Telangana State Chess Association.
The young Sarayu is eyeing the Grand Master title in 2022. “GM title is my next goal. I am working hard to make it come true,” Sarayu added.
Born in a village where very few people are engaged in chess activities, Sarayu is indebted to her coach B Sampath who is also a Warangal native. The young Sarayu began learning under B Sampath in 2016 and her father Velpula Sampath also feels that she has improved a lot after the training.
Meanwhile, KS Prasad also highlighted the need to find sponsors for Sarayu. “We are confident about her abilities. She can become a Grand Master in future if she receives the right support,” he added. To support Sarayu, contact TSCA on 7337578899.