Saina Salonika becomes champion in Asian Youth Rapid Chess

KalingaTV News Network

Chiang Mai: Odisha’s Woman Fide Master Saina Salonika brought laurel for the state and country by emerging as the champion in Asian Youth Rapid Chess Championship on Sunday. The Rapid Chess Championship was being held at Chiang Mai city in Thailand.

Saina scored six points from seven rounds which helped her to win the gold medal in the under-16 girl category. Nomindalai Tumurbatar of Mongolia pocketed the silver while Mahdavi Mahadis of Iran clinched the bronze medal. Both of them scored 5.5 points each.

This is the 13th international medal for Saina, a class-X student of the KIIT International School in Bhubaneswar.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Saina for her achievement.

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