PARI SINHA : Chess sensation, just three years old!

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Chess sensation, just three years old!

Child prodigy Pari Sinha smiles as
she contemplates a chess move during a game.
News by : Pradeep Modak ( -
                 [Page 02 - Hindustan Times, Patna, Date : 25 April 2013]

PATNA: At the tender age of 3 when most kids sit glued to TV sets watching cartoon channels, she made her first move on the chessboard in a state-level competition.

The youngest participant playing in a state or a national tournament ever, has indeed created a flutter.
Pari Sinha, a three-year-two-month old Patna girl, took part in the state Chess Championships in the Under-7 age group category held at Kishanganj.

Amazingly, she had a podium finish in her debut claiming the third position.

“It’s a record of a sort for state chess,” said All Bihar Chess Association (ABCA) secretary Arvind Kumar Sinha.

“I will write to All India Chess Federation (AICF) to get it ratified on the issue of national record,” he remarked.

“The love and passion shown by the little girl for chess is commendable. The ABCA will extend all possible help to Pari to develop her skills,” he said.

“You just can’t believe it if you do not watch how she plays the game,” said proud father Jay Prakash Sinha, a businessman by profession and an ardent lover of the oldest game of India.

Born in a family of chess players, Pari Sinha loves chess more than any thing. Her father played chess several state tournaments while her uncle Ved Prakash Sinha, is a reputed national player with FIDE rating at 2100. “Pari learnt the basics of the game from her uncle Ved, who is instrumental in bringing Pari to this exercise of the mind”, Jay Said.

“Pari is well versed with initial positioning of the pieces and moves. She knows how to go ahead with the next moves”, Sinha remarked.

A student of pre-nursery at Hello Kids – Little Champs, a school located in Kumharar locality of the city, Pari gets the training from local chess coach Subendu Chakraborty, who is a also a national player.

“On an average, Pari spends more than one hour daily on the chess board,” Sinha said, adding, that they do not want to put pressure on Pari to play the game for a longer period.

Though Pari is yet to sketch her dream, Jay wants her daughter to play chess like Vishanathan Anand.
What Pari loves most is to play the game against her uncle Ved Prakash. “I hope one day Pari will beat me in a tournament,” Ved said.

The way Pari is picking up the game, the time is not far away when this chess prodigy of Bihar will be shaped into the likes of Indian Women Grand Master Koneru Humpy or world number one Women GM Judith Polgar.


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