Saturday, July 12, 2008
India's Ivana Furtado to Play at Asian Youth Chess Championship
From the Navhind Times Sunday July 13, 2008 Ivana for Tehran, Singapore NT NETWORK PANAJI - Dempo Goodwill Ambassador, Ivana Maria Furtado, double world and Asian Under-8 chess champion will leave for Iran on Monday to represent India at Asian youth chess championship to be held in Tehran from July 15-22. Ivana is the current Under-8 title holder having also won the silver and the bronze in 2006 and 2005 respectively at the same championship. After her event in Teheran, Ivana will proceed to Singapore for the 4th world chess under-9 girls championship from July 23-31. By virtue of being the Under-9 Asian schools chess champion, Ivana has earned the right to participate in the event. Ivana will be accompanied by her coach, Dronacharya awardee Raghunandan Gokhale at both places. Meanwhile, Ivana and her parents Jennifer and Eli, have expressed their deep gratitude to Mr Shrinivas V Dempo, chairman and managing director of Dempo Group of Companies for the magnanimous gesture in naming her as the 2nd Dempo Goodwill Ambassador which will support her participation and coaching at higher level so that she can achieve her dream, they stated. They pointed out that this was the first of its kind and magnitude.