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Kolkata, December 21,
2009: The winners of East Zone Finals of NIIT MindChampions Academy
(MCA) were felicitated by World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan
Anand at Kolkata today. Dr. Debesh Das, Hon'ble IT Minister, West Bengal graced
the occasion as the Chief Guest.
Aditya Chakraborty from
Delhi Public School, Ruby Park, Kolkata, West Bengal and Bappi Deb from
Teliamura Higher Secondary School, West Tripura, Tripura were adjudged
as the winners of East Zone Finals of the NIIT MindChampions Academy - Chess
Master 2009.NIIT MindChampions Academy is a joint initiative by NIIT, a
leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT Trainer, and
World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand to initiate young minds into the World of
This year NIIT MindChampions
Academy has witnessed participation of over 4.5 lakh students from across the
country for Chess Master 2009. There have been 6282 clubs actively playing chess
since April 2009 to compete for the Chess Master 2009 title. The aim has been to
go green this year and the complete implementation, monitoring, playing has been
done electronically under the supervision of faculties from NIIT.
In response to an online survey
conducted by MCA this year, over 8000 children have mentioned that Chess has
helped them perform better in academics, especially in Science and Mathematics.
The game developed their patience and understanding, motivating children to take
up Chess before school hours or during the breaks.
The East Zone level contest
witnessed widespread participation by nearly 1.40 lakh students from over 1200
Government and Private Schools.
Commenting on the success of
NIIT MindChampions Academy, Viswanathan Anand remarked, “It is heartening to
note that more and more young children are taking up Chess enthusiastically and
mastering the strategies of the game. I am confident that the grit and
determination that these Young children display at the game will help them excel
in academics as well.”
“I am delighted to see that NIIT
MindChampions Academy has touched a huge number of children across the country
and initiated them into the game of Chess. Technology has also played a key role
in reaching out to children in every corner of the country for introducing them
Dr. Debesh Das, Hon'ble IT
Minister, West Bengal recognized the commendable performance of the young
MindChampions in the game of Chess and encouraged them to continue to exhibit
the same zeal and brilliance. He said that the budding talent needs to be
mentored and guided and that NIIT MindChampions Academy is offering the aspiring
young Chess players an ideal platform to learn and grow.
According to Tarun Govind
Mathur, Head- Operations, School Learning Solutions, NIIT Ltd., “Chess is a mind
game that improves academic performance and aids in mental development of young
children. Over the years the NIIT MindChampions Academy has been popularizing
Chess in Schools across India.”
The winners of the East Zone
Finals of NIIT MindChampions Academy- Chess Master 2009, Aditya
Chakraborty and Bappi Deb will represent the East Zone
at the National Finals. The winners will also get an opportunity to play Chess
with the Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand. The National winner will be
felicitated by the World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand at a mega event for
National Finals in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, on December 24, 2009.
Launched in 2002 with an
objective of initiating students into the world of Chess, NIIT MindChampions
Academy has commenced a movement that has now touched more than 8.5 lakh
students from over 7000 schools across India. World Chess Champion Viswanathan
Anand has personally travelled to Agartala, Guwahati, Raipur, Patna, Hyderabad,
Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and other cities across India, spreading the message
and motivating the school students to start playing chess. NIIT MindChampions
Academy conducts an Annual Chess event, known as Chess Master for these school
children across 16 states in the NIIT network.
Also present at the event were
the following dignitaries:
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