Hyderabad: International Master R. Raja Rithvik of Hyderabad bagged gold medal for Telangana in the Under-15 National Chess Championship-2019 that concluded d at Erode, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday.
Rithvik, a tenth 10th class student of Orchids International School, Jubilee Hills, secured the National title by scoring 9.5 points out of 11 rounds in the prestigious National games organized by AICF. Out of 11 rounds, Rithvik has won eight games and drew three games.
Rithvik ended the tournament on a high as he was the only undefeated player in the tournament. Kushagra Mohan, who is also from Telangana State, got silver medal with a score of 9.0 points.
Rithvik defeated Ajay Karthikeyan of TN in the final round and emerged as champion. In the Queens Pawn London System Opening, Rithvik played attacked from the beginning and defeated his opponent in 40 moves. Playing with the black pieces, Raja Rithvik has refused the draw offer given by his opponent at 33rd move and eventually won the game and has become the National under-15 Champion.
More than 150 top players from all states such as Tamilnadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, New Delhi, West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Orissa, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh have participated in the National games organized by All India Chess Federation at Erode, Tamilnadu.
By virtue of winning this prestigious National Under-15 Championship, International Master Raja Rithvik is now selected to represent India in the upcoming Asian Youth Championship to be held at Sri Lanka and World Youth Championship to be held at Greece and Common Wealth Chess Championship at South Africa.
Rithvik, has been undergoing advanced coaching at RACE Chess Academy under the Reputed Coach Sri N.Rama Raju.