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Samarth Rao is Champion in FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled

Samarth Rao is Champion in FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled


Mangalore Today News Network

Kundapur, July 2, 2017: Samarth J Rao of Basrur in Kundapur taluk has emerged  World Champion by winning the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled  which was held at Florida in USA from June 22 to 28. Samarth   registered six wins in the 7 games in the tournament and lost only one game against Germany’s Jimmer.

Sports Authority of India, Nandi Kannada Okkoota,  All India Chess Federation and Chess Federation for Physically Disabled,  extended assistance to Samarth to take part in the tournament  Samarth had also won gold and bronze medals in the chess tourney for physically disabled held at Slovakia.


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samarth j rao


Samarth who suffers from cerebral palsy presently stays with his parents in Honnavar, his father  Jagadish Rao being a Bank employee there. Interestingly, Samarth started playing chess just in 2013, thanks to his mother Vinutha who was quick to realise that Samarth felt down and low whenever his classmates used to go out to play. She turned out to be his first chess coach and that indeed proved a turning point in Samarth’s life.

He has participated in innumerous tournaments and won many prizes. Till date he has over 50 medals to his credit. He is a second PUC student at SDM PU College, Honnavar.


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Rashmi Santhosh, manglore Sun, July-2-2017, 11:35
We have to aprrecitae Smarath’s move . He did not give up , took life as challenge . Proud of you child and thank your parents who have supported you. Congrats baba
Rosy Dsouza, Kundapur Sun, July-2-2017, 11:28
A hearty Congratulations to Samarth. May God Bless and keep you and your family happy and safe
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