Mangaluru: Derik’s Chess School talent and city’s fast emerging chess prodigy – Shriyana Mallya, 6 won the gold medal in under-7 girls category in National Schools Chess Championship held at Nagpur from January 5 to 7.
Mallya scored 8 points in 9 rounds and claimed the gold with a clear point lead. With this, she qualified to represent India in the World and Asian School Chess championship to be held at Romania and China respectively.
Studying in 1st standard in Lourdes Central School, Shriyana is the daughter of Sandeep and Nandini Mallya of Mangaluru. In 2016, playing her first under 7 girls chess championship in Mandya, Shriyana delivered strong performance to bag runner up place and qualify for nationals.