Friday, April 06, 2007

Patna Girl Wins at US National Scholastics Chess

Ankita Roy an eighth grader from Horner Junior high School, Fremont, California won 15th place in the United States Junior High (K-9 under 1250) National chess championship held in Sacramento. The championship held at Sacramento convention center from March 30-April 1 drew 994 scholastic players from all over United States.

Ankita won five out of seven games defeating players from Michigan, New York, Wisconsin and California. In last round of her match she went down fighting to Kevin Izquierdo of New York, who won 2nd place in the tournament.

Top 25 players were awarded trophies by United States Chess federation.Ankita already has several titles under her belt including winning the California State Championship (K-3 division) two years in a row which is a record in itself since no girl has ever won this and no player has won this twice.

Ankita's father Sujay Roy, who is also the secretary of the American Organization for the Development of Bihar (AODB) based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, was a junior chess champion during his own time in India.

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