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NIIT MindChampions Academy- Chess Master 2008, North Zone winners felicitated by World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand

 Tejas Arora from Amritsar and Chankil Thakur            from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh adjudged as the winners

Jaipur, January 16, 2009: World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand was in town to felicitate the winners of North Zone Finals of the NIIT MindChampions Academy- Chess Master 2008. The felicitation function was held at Step by Step School, Jaipur. Tejas Arora, a student from Springdale Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, Punjab and Chankil Thakur, a student from Govt. Senior Secondary School, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh emerged as the winners for North Zone. NIIT MindChampions Academy is a joint initiative of NIIT, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s No. 1 Trainer and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand to initiate young minds into the World of Chess.

Sh. Master Bhanwar Lal, Hon’ble Education Minister, Govt. of Rajasthan joined World Chess Champion & NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand and Mr. Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Ltd. as the Chief Guest to give away prizes to the winners of North Zone.

The North Zone level contest witnessed widespread participation by nearly 1438 students from over 396 Government and Private Schools spread across 8 states and Union Territories. The record participation was made possible due to matches being played over the internet from district level onwards across the Zone. This allowed schools even from the remote areas where NIIT has been working with state government schools as well as private schools to educate and train the kids in use of ICT, to enroll for Chess Master 2008.

Sh. Master Bhanwar Lal, Hon’ble Education Minister, Govt. of Rajasthan 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 a perfect platform to learn and grow.

According to Mr. Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Ltd., “Chess improves academics and mental development.  The NIIT MindChampions Academy will popularize Chess in India’s Schools.”

At the Zonal finals conducted, 9 NIIT Mind Champions (state level winners) from schools vied for the coveted slot for competing in the finals. The winners from the North Zone got an opportunity to play simultaneous Chess with the Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand.

Felicitating the winners of North Zone, Viswanathan Anand said, “It is a proud feeling to see these young children actively take part in Chess Mater 2008. I congratulate both the winners for wining the NIIT MCA North Zone Final Championship and wish them a bright future ahead.”

“I am confident that the excellence and determination that these young children have displayed will help them perform well in academics as well.  It is heartening to see that NIIT MindChampions Academy has reached huge number of children across the country to initiate them into the game of Chess,” he added.

Winners of the North Zone Finals of NIIT MindChampions Academy Chess Master 2008 will represent the zone at the National Finals. The National winner will be awarded by the World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand at a mega event for National Finals in New Delhi on January 17, 2009.
The NIIT MindChampions Academy has provided platform to the young Chess players like Karthikeyan Murali who was sponsored by the academy for the All India Chess Finals at Ahmedabad in August 2008 and other competitions to improve his FIDE rating. His current rating is 1780 and he stands 40th out of the 210 participant at the national level.

Launched in 2002 with an objective of initiating students into the world of Chess, NIIT Mind Champions Academy has today fostered nearly 6351 chess clubs with more than 7,45,000 students cumulatively since inception, as its members in schools where NIIT offers computer education. World Chess Champion Vishwanathan 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. NIIT MindChampions Academy conducts an Annual Chess Tournament, known as Chess Master for these school children across 16 states in the NIIT network. Chess Master 2008 was  flagged off by NIIT Mind Champion Viswanathan Anand in New Delhi and simultaneously in 11 other cities through NIIT Imperia’s Synchronous Learning Technology in May last year. 

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