Chess Championship Achievements
Rounaiv Rana of Class 1 B won 1st place and prize money of Rs.5000/- in the U-7 category at the Maharashtra Open International FIDE Tournament (Chess)
Exceptional Achievement in Chess Honoured - Dev Shah
Dev Shah of Class IV B was felicitated with the THE NATIONAL CHILD AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT on 14th November, 2016, by our PRESIDENT Shri PRANAB MUKHERJEE at the RASHTRIYAPATI BHAVAN in NEW DELHI.
It is a great honour for DEV to be recognised by the nation and the Child and Welfare Ministry. He was the youngest amongst all the 31 awardees.
The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement was instituted in 1996 and is awarded by Department of Women and Child Development, Government of India, to children between the age of 4 to 15 years, with exceptional abilities.
It is one of the three National Presidential Awards for the children of the state. The selection for this award is made by the National Selection Committee.
Dev has won State, National and International medals, but this award recognises his talent and his hard work and is the ultimate and most coveted one and is his biggest feat yet.
We at DAIS are extremely proud of Dev and wish him many more successes in the future.
Hard work pays off for chess wiz Dev Shah
Dev Shah of Class 4B participated in the esteemed Nationals Under -9 Chess Tournament in Jalandhar, Punjab, where 157 players from 20 states participated. This tournament qualifies the 1st and 2nd medalist to officially represent INDIA to the ASIAN YOUTH and WORLD YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP.
Dev was an official entry from Maharashtra State, as he won a Gold Medal at the State Championship with a perfect score of 9/9. It was a great responsibility, which he fulfilled by scoring 9.5 points and beat the top seed in the 6th round and was leading till the last round. Dev got a Silver Medal, missing the Gold by a whisker, as the opponent who came first was also at the same score of 9.5. “Cant challenge and change destiny”.
Hard work pays off for chess wiz Dev Shah
The class three student at Dhirubhai Ambani International finished runner-up in the open under-eight category, no mean feat when you consider the quality of opposition he was up against and the fact that he entered the championship seeded 18th. Dev ended his campaign with a score of nine points from 11 games which included seven duels with opponents who feature in the world’s under-eight top 20 rankings. To the ardent V Anand fan, it was mission accomplished. “My goal was to try and finish in the top three,” a shy Dev told TOI on Monday.
It could have been a sweeter outcome had he got the better of compatriot and eventual winner Bharath Subramaniyam while playing with white pieces. “I had won six out six when I played him in round seven and he was half a point behind. But I blundered,” Dev candidly admitted.
Still, you couldn’t detect any sense of regret in his tone, a quality that really endears the young Candidate Master to his coach DV Ganesh. “One of the things I like most about him is that he doesn’t get depressed when he loses,” said Ganesh who has been working with Dev from the time the latter was just four and a half. “From the outset, all of us at the South Mumbai Chess Academy felt he would go far in the future.”
With his exploits in Greece set to take his ELO rating to 1683 when the latest points are released at the start of December, Ganesh has already outlined Dev’s next goal. “The focus now will be on improving his rating further. By the end of December, the idea is he should be number one in the world in his age category,” said the coach.
DAIS won the Trophy for The BEST SCHOOL in National Schools Chess Championship
- DEV SHAH - GOLD MEDAL
- BHAVEN SHAH - SILVER MEDAL SUHANI LOHIA won the SILVER MEDAL in the U 7 Girls Category
- RAAHIL MULLICK - BRONZE MEDAL
- AHANA SHAH stood 10th
- SIDDHANTH LOHIA stood 11th
Dev Shah of Class III B stood 4th in the Under-9 State Chess Championship winning 7 out of 9 games.
Dev Shah of Class III B stood 4th in the Under 9 State Chess Championship winning 7 out of 9 games. Dev will officially represent Maharashtra State in the upcoming National Championships to be held in Ahmedabad from 11 th June to 19 th June 2015. Dev is the only player of 8 years in the top 20 standings of the Under-9 category.
Dev Shah (Class II B) represented DAIS at the National Schools Chess Championship held in Delhi from 11th to 13th June 2014. He won the SILVER MEDAL in this national level tournament with the score of 8/9
With Mr. Bharat Chauhan – Head, All India Chess Federation
Dev with officials of Commonwealth Chess Championship 2014 and Indian Team manager
Dev remained unbeaten with the score of 8/9 with 7 wins and 2 draws. 61 students representing 16 states participated in this most coveted chess tournament.
Dev came out with flying colours in this tournament and won a trophy, medal and cash prize money.