Armaan Gala shines in Austria

Mumbai boy Armaan Gala once again underlined his credentials as an upcoming chess player by emerging supreme in the open category of the prestigious annual Weiz International Chess Championships which concluded at Weiz in Austria on Sunday.

A ninth standard student of Oberoi International School and a product of South Mumbai Chess Academy, Armaan participated in the Group B of open category of the championships with players from Austria, Germany and Hungary and adjusted as the best player amongst the eighteen year olds.A total of 24 players took part in the event which had a high level of competition.

Armaan received a gold medal and a cash prize of Euros 60 for his effort. Armaan, who had recently won a silver medal at the Cannes chess championships, has been participating in various chess meets in Europe during his school summer vacation.

Carrying an ELO rating of 1551, Armaan played with elan at Weiz scoring wins against Kiraly Ferencz and Saeckl Guenther of Austria, and Kocsis Tamas of Hungary. He drew his games against Kocsis Viktor of Hungary and Rumpf-Dorner Solveigh of Austria to finish with a tally of 10.5 points.

Elated with his win , Armaan said the experience of playing highly rated players from Europe has helped him gain in confidence. "The idea of playing in Europe was to play against tough opponents and I try and learn from them. This tournament was one such learning experience for me. I shall try and do well in more such tournaments besides the Nationals in India," said Armaan.

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