A British Indian schoolgirl, eight years old, has achieved a historic feat in the world of chess by earning the title of the most skilled female player at a European championship. Bodhana Sivanandan, living in Harrow, north-west London, secured victory at the European Blitz Chess Championship held in Zagreb, Croatia, this weekend. Her success comes on the heels of an impressive winning streak that began when she started playing chess during the COVID pandemic lockdown. Competing against elite players from around the globe in the European championship, she faced some of the best and emerged triumphant, defeating an international master to claim her well-deserved title.
Bodhana Sivanandan Named as Europe’s Best
Bodhana Sivanandan ( 2015-) 8yrs
European Women's Candidate Chess Master
Defeated former British champion Peter Lee & drew against champion, grandmaster Vladislav Nevednichy (54) the youngest player to avoid defeat against a grandmaster in a competitive game.#WPUKIcons pic.twitter.com/qjBxPZ164F
— Woman’s Place UK (@Womans_Place_UK) December 21, 2023
Several months back, Bodhana Sivanandan was part of a gathering of youthful chess enthusiasts personally invited by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to 10 Downing Street. The occasion commemorated the government’s substantial GBP 1 million investment in chess. This initiative has been applied to aid students in schools who stays in underprivileged areas across England, fostering chess education and play. The primary goals include enhancing the game’s visibility and accessibility, as well as financing elite playing endeavors.