Rising Chess Star: Bodhana Sivanandan, Europe’s Best Female Player at Eight
Bodhana Sivanandan, an eight-year-old from Harrow in northwest London, has earned the title of the best female chess player in Europe.
Her remarkable victory was achieved at the European rapid and blitz championship held in Zagreb, Croatia. Her chess journey commenced at the tender age of five, during the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the beginning of an extraordinary ascent in the world of chess.
Ambitious Dreams and Impressive Victories
Driven by ambition, Bodhana aspires to become a grandmaster, England’s youngest Olympic gold medallist, and ultimately secure a world title in chess.
Her astounding performance in the tournament involved defeating Lorin D’Costa, England’s women’s coach, who is 39 years her senior.
Additionally, she drew with the two-time Romanian champion, 54-year-old Vladislav Nevednichy, in the final round.
Praise from the Chess Community and Remarkable Achievements
Fellow competitors and chess enthusiasts lauded Bodhana’s phenomenal performance, particularly in the 13-round blitz, considering her age.
International masters and players at the championship expressed astonishment at her mature and strategic gameplay, recognizing her as a prodigious talent.
Notable figures within the chess world, such as Lawrence Trent and Dominic Lawson, praised her exceptional skill and predicted a promising future in chess for Bodhana.
Unprecedented Talent and Recognition
Bodhana’s incredible achievements extend beyond her European triumph. She holds the esteemed position as the world’s third-highest-rated player born in 2015 in classical chess.
Her remarkable success has drawn attention from high-profile figures, including an invitation to Downing Street, where she played chess with Rishi Sunak.
Her outstanding performances and prodigious talent have set her on a path of continued success, with her upcoming participation in the International Chess Congress in Hastings, East Sussex, just around the corner.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn