India’s K. Jennitha Anto is the Women’s World Chess Champion of the disabled, having won the title for the 3rd consecutive year in June this year in Slovakia, at the 15th World Individual Chess Championship organized by the International Physically Disabled Chess Association (IPCA). From her previous victories, the talented 28-year old Catholic from Trichy, Tamil Nadu state, has been recognized as the Woman International Master (WIM) by the World Chess Federation, FIDE. Struck by polio at the age of three, the gritty woman has never allowed her heart and mind to be bowed down by her physical limitations. She was introduced to chess at the age of nine by her father and coach, Kanickai Irudayaraj, a devout Catholic who has immense faith in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jennitha, who has 90 percent disability, does most of the needful with her good left hand. But that’s not everything about her. A bright student, she has a bachelor’s degree in commerce (B.Com), and aims to be a chartered accountant. But before that she wants to achieve the ultimate in chess - the Grandmaster title. Well, to find out more about Jennitha Anto, we called her on her mobile phone at her home in Trichy. She spoke to us at length about her achievements as well as her struggles. Here are but a few excerpts. Jennitha began by describing her latest victory in Slovakia in June.
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