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CHESS: Unbelievable eight-year-old Bodhana Sivanandan upsets master, grandmaster to wins European blitz championship

CHESS: Unbelievable eight-year-old Bodhana Sivanandan upsets master, grandmaster to wins European blitz championship

Eight-year-old Bodhana Sivanandan (ENG) stunned the world with her phenomenal performance at the European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2023 in Zagreb, Croatia.

In the last couple of days, her name appeared in Daily MailCNN NewsBBC NewsThe GuardianThe IndependentThe TimesSky NewsDer SpiegelNDTW world and other media who reported about her success in Zagreb.

Bodhana Sivanandan has been crowned the chess women’s best player after winning the European blitz chess championship held in Croatia.

Bodhana Sivanandan, CHESS, European blitz championship, Master, Grandmaster
Bodhana Sivanandan

The chess prodigy finished the competiton with a score of 8.5/13, beating seasoned professionals which included an international master and drew with a grandmaster to emerge victorious at the event.

For a blitz time control chess tournament, players have only a few minutes on their clock to make moves.

Many described Bodhana’s success in Croatia over the weekend as “unbelievable.”

She started playing chess when she was five-year-old, the BBC reported.Bodhana Sivanandan, CHESS, European blitz championship, Master, Grandmaster

“I always try my best to win, sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t,” Bodhana told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“I was very proud of myself when I got top girl in the European blitz.” and when queried about being nervous while playing, she said: “No, I just play the board.”

 

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