By Arvind Aaron
Shriyana S Mallya (Elo 1024) of India won the bronze medal in the Under-7 Girls section of the World Schools Chess Championships that concluded at Iasi in Romania on May 1, 2017.
Asian nations led by Mongolia and Uzbekistab won three gold medals each in this record 41-nation event that attracted 576 players.
The organisers received 6000 e-mails and responded to 6000! The low spring time temperature of -1C left the organisers having to postpone the first round.
The official website had 120,000 visitors and 270 press releases were sent out! A total of 100 organisers worked at the impressive Palace of Culture in Iasi, Romania.
The event was held in Under-7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 for Boys and Girls. It is an annual contest and the numbers are growing. The World Youth and Cadet Championships are held annual on the even age groups.
Seven of the 15 nations that figured in the medals list were from Asia.
Medal Winning Nations:
Sri Lanka 0-0-1