India’s Rishabh Shah wins bronze in chess tourney

The Mumbai lad excels in the Under-14 rapid and blitz formats at the 2nd Western Asia Youth Chess Championship.

Rishabh has an ELO rating of 1,667 points.   -  C. V. Subrahmanyam

Rishabh Shah won two bronze medals in the Under-14 rapid and blitz formats at the 2nd Western Asia Youth Chess Championship which recently concluded at Waskaduwa in Sri Lanka.

Third-ranked Rishabh (ELO 1,667 points), who trains at the South Mumbai Chess Academy, started with a win against Sri Lanka’s Alwala A. D. Hansaja Ramith in the opening round. The 14-year-old continued to produce decent results, but the loss to top ranked F. M. Mohammad Fahad Rahman of Bangladesh (ELO 2,153 points) and a couple of draws dashed his chances of finishing with the gold.

However, Rishabh managed to finish with a tally of five points from a possible seven, and had to settle for bronze. In the blitz format, Rishabh managed 4.5 points but it was good enough for him to earn the bronze.

“It’s an honour to represent and win medals for our country. Winning the world chess title is my goal,” he said.

Sri Lanka’s Candidate Master GM H. Thilakarathne (ELO 1,781) picked the gold with a tally of six points, while Bangladesh’s Mohammad Fahad Rahman finished with 5.5 points to bag the silver.

The blitz gold was won by Mohammad Fahad Rahman (six points), and Thilakarathne (5.5 points) took the silver.