Cuttack/Bhubaneswar: Girl students of Cuttack CDA-based DAV Public School and SAI International School, Bhubaneswar made it to the National CBSE Chess Championship-2018 to be played between November 1 and 4 in Gwalior.

They were selected for the national-level game after the two schools made the State proud by bagging Champions Trophy and becoming runner-up in two different age categories in the recently concluded Far East Zone Chess Championship-2018 organised by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and hosted by Royal Global School in Guwahati in Assam.

Under-11 category DAV School girls’ team bagged the Champions Trophy while Under-14 team the same school girls emerged as the runner up. And Under-17 team, SAI International School, Bhubaneswar emerged as runner up in the tournament.

The U-11 team from DAV School, Cuttack comprised Amrusha Mohanty, Rituparna Tripathy, Anshita Patnaik, and Niharika Das congregated six game points while U-14 team consisted of P Sairupa, Adisha Dash, Ayushi Abhigyan, and Ankita Sahoo were awarded six game points and 12 match points from four rounds under the guidance of Coach Satya Ranjan Pattanaik.

“Under-17 girl team of SAI International, Bhubaneswar comprises Suhana Jena, Ankita Sahoo, Rhea Mohapatra, and Sanchee Sahoo ended up with the runners up trophy,’’ Mustaque, Coach of SAI International said.

The chess players were welcomed wholeheartedly on reaching at the Bhubaneswar airport on Monday.

“Individually, our girls have proved their potential performing outstandingly in the Championship. P Sairupa (U-14), Amrusha Mohanty (U-11), Anshita Pattanaik and Niharika Das bagged Gold medals,’’ Physical Education Teacher of DAV Cuttack Deepak Kumar Maity said.

‘’We are settled with the runner-up trophy in the tournament contributing second highest numbers of medals to Odisha while West Bengal topped the list. They gave us a tough competition throughout the event,’’ Ankita Sahoo of SAI International said.

Reportedly, both the teams from DAV Cuttack and SAI International now qualified for the CBSE National Chess championship 2018 which will be held from November 1 to 4 in Gwalior under their respective categories.

To summarise the tournament, altogether 268 players from 50 schools from the Far East Zone comprising Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, and Assam were participated in this event held from October 5 to October 7. The chess championship were categorised into four such as U-11, U-14, U-17 and U-19.