Hyderabad: Telangana’s promising chess player Samhita Pungavanam ended in a blaze of glory in the National Under-8 Open & Girls Online Chess Championship when she won a silver medal.
By this impressive performance and the second finish helped the seven-year-old Samhita earn a berth in the the Asian Youth Under-8 Chess Championship, slated to be held from October 21 to 24.
The Telangana player aggregated nine points from 11 rounds, after losing to her sixth and eighth round opponents. It has been a creditable achievement to emerge second best in a field that had 145 competitors, most of whom were aged higher.
Incidentally, Samhita has won the gold in the Asian Under-7 category and silver in the Under-7 Nationals.
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