Thursday, October 1, 2009

She's Going for the Gold!

Story at Testimony to her talent in chess C Baranidharan First Published : 01 Oct 2009 01:12:00 AM IST Polio might have beaten her at a younger age, but when it comes to chess this 22-year-old challenges many at a time. And her selection to 2010 Chess Olympiad, to be held in Russia, is a testimony to her talent. After polio hit Jennitha Anto, daughter of a retired school headmaster Kanikkai Irudayaraj, Tiruchy, her left leg and right hand became immobile. However, her father trained her in chess. Jennitha who started learning chess at the age of seve, bagged a number of State and national awards. She won the first prize in the All-India Chess Tournament held at Tiruchy BHEL in 2003 and second prize in the world-level chess tournament for handicapped held at Poland in 2007. In fact, she was the first handicapped woman who represented the country abroad. In 2008, she became the only one who represented the country in the 38th Olympiad for physically-challenged held in Dresden, Germany. She was ranked 25th in the meet among the 570 participants. In August 2009, she attended an open match for handicapped in Czechoslovakia and won bronze medal. “I have to further sharpen my talent in the game. I am rigorously practicing for the Olympiad that is to be held in 2010 in Russia. My present aim is to win first prize in the meet,” she told. Jennitha is currently pursuing her B Com through correspondence course in Annamalai University. On Tuesday, Jennitha attended simultaneous chess tournament organised by Dr Ram Sports Academy and Akkarai, a social service organisation, at Erode in which she faced 20 players at a time and won accolades from many viewers. More information on K. Jennitha Anto: K. Jennitha Anto won the Bronze in 20th International Festival of Chess and Games, Czech open 2009 Tiruchi district chess players feted -- Physically challenged K. Jennitha Anto’s performance at the World Chess Olympiad at Dresden (Germany) in November last year came in for lot of appreciation A dream come true for Jennitha

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