Kamalini Haradhana Nimban, a 6-year old girl from Puducherry, is all set to represent India at the World School Chess Championship to be held in Romania in April and the Asian School Chess Championship in China this July. She along with two other girls of her age group are invited to take part in these prestigious tournaments in the Under-7 category.
The other two girls who are going to represent India are Shriyana Mallya from Karnataka and Shriya Patel from Goa. The selection of these young masterminds was done through the recently concluded National School Chess Championship held in Nagpur this January. Although Kamalini won against Shriyana, she could not win the final 2 rounds of her stint due to her fatigue. She managed to win the first 7 out of 9 rounds and pocketed a silver medal, whereas Shriyana won 8 rounds out of her 9 and bagged the gold. Shriya Patel finished third with a bronze.
Kamalini was also the youngest participant in the national school championship for 2015 and the Commonwealth games held during the same year. She has finished 13th in the 2016 School Chess Championship, and earlier this year she immensely improved here performance by winning the silver medal.
Kamalini is currently coached by Sathyamoorthy and B Vinoth Kumar of Bishop Academy of Chess in Puducherry.
“Kamalini is currently emerging talent in her age group in the game of chess. Primarily a defensive player, of late she has been initiated into tactics of playing an attacking game. She adapted quickly and started learning to play aggressively. We hope she will come out with flying colours in both the tournaments. Particularly we are hopeful about the Asian event” said her coach Vinoth Kumar.
She is a class I student of Sri Sankara Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School. Kamalini started practising chess since the age of 4 in the year 2014. “She has been undergoing training for at least three hours daily since then. She visits the academy to train on alternate days while practising at home on the other days. She is very fond of Hungaria-American Grandmaster Susan Polgar and of late has started reading her books” proudly said her father Karthikeyan. He also mentioned that he is now in search for potential sponsors to fund his daughter’s two international trips.