2015-10-08 11:26:00

India’s Women’s World Chess Champion of the disabled

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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