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Assam boy bags medal

Guwahati, July 24: Manthan Kashyap Datta, a trainee in the P.C. Borooah Chess Academy here, today became the first player from the state to bag a medal in a national chess championship. He finished third in the 26th National Under-7 Chess Championship organised by the Pondicherry State Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess Federation, in Puducherry from July 15 to 24.

Manthan, who represented Assam, tallied 8.5 points.

Praggnanandhaa R. of Tamil Nadu, who emerged the Asian under-8 championship at Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka earlier this month, lifted the championís trophy, finishing unbeaten in the 11-round tournament. Mohitosh Dey of Odisha finished second, tallying nine points.

He bagged Rs 5,000, apart from a trophy for the third position.

He also booked a berth for the World Under-8 Chess Championship to be held in Maribor, Slovenia from November 7 to 19 and in Asian Under-8 Championship next year. Apart from Manthan, Rishita Sinha was another trainee from the same academy to participate in the championship, representing Assam. She finished 38th, tallying five points.

The All Assam Chess Association has appreciated his feat and will felicitate him on the Assam Olympic Association office premises here on Saturday.