Mumbaikars Aditya patil and Vedant karthik bagged silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the prestigious Singapore Chess meet that concluded at Expo Centre Changi in Singapore on Sunday.
A total of 663 players across 15 countries vied for the top honours.
Aditya Patil, student of Dhirubai Ambani School and a former Asian schools games medallist, played with great maturity in the Under-9 category to snatch the silver medal. The gold went to Yea Hao Loong of Malaysia.
Both Aditya and Yea Hao Loong finished their campiagns with 6.5 points out of 8 games. For the record, Aditya also drew with top seed fellow Indian Muthukumar Mukesh en route to his podium finish.
Also, Vedant Karthik, a student of Shishuvan School and with an International rating of 1025, too scored creditable 6.5 points out of possible 8 games, but had to be content with the bronze medal.
This is Vedant’s maiden International medal which came from a field of 96 players in the Under-7 category to pocket the medal.
The boys are trainees of SMCA under the watchful eyes of FIDE Master Balaji Guttula. The boys’ performance in Singapore put the coach over the moon.
“We have been winning major titles in Singapore Open over the last 10 years. Singapore National Age group championship is the biggest tournament in Singapore… And with every year it is not only getting tougher, it is also attracting more number of participants,” Guttula said.
“Aditya and Vedant are immensely talented and played incredibly well to secure medals for India,” the proud coach added.