An Undefeated Winner
Jaisal Shah of Class 8 B secured 3rd place and a Bronze Medal in the U-16 Boys’ Category at the MSSA Chess Tournament 2023 – 2024.
He was undefeated throughout the tournament winning 6 games and drawing 3 games against highly rated players older than him. His score was 7.5 out of 9.
Suhani Wins a Bronze
Suhaani Lohia of Class 8 B won the Bronze medal in the Under-16 girls’ category at the MSSA Chess Championship. She maintained an undefeated record in the tournament with 5 wins and 2 draws and was tied on points with the second-place finisher. Her category included 110 girls from schools across Mumbai.
This marks Suhaani's 6th consecutive victory at MSSA, including 4 golds, 1 silver, and 1 bronze.
Suhaani also stood first in the U-15 girls at the recently held All India Fide Rapid Chess tournament held in Mumbai
Aditya Scores at the MSSA Chess Championship
Aditya Patil of Class 8 C won a Gold medal and was declared the U 14 Champion at the MSSA U 14 Boys Chess Championship.
The tournament had almost 500 participants from schools all over Mumbai.
Aditya finished with a score of 8.5/9 , was unbeaten throughout the tournament and won the prestigious rotating trophy for our school.
Aditya Scores at the ISSO National Games
Aditya Patil of Class 8 C won a Silver medal in the Chess Tournament at the ISSO National Games held on 15th and 16th September 2023, in the Under-14 boys’ category.
Aditya was unbeaten with a score of 5.5/ 6.
Gold at the ISSO Chess Championships
Suhaani Lohia of Class 8 won a Gold medal in the Under-17 Girls’ category at the ISSO Nationals Chess Championship held in Delhi.
This is her second consecutive Gold medal in ISSO Chess Championships.
ISSO National Games
Dev Shah of Year 11 has secured a Gold medal in the Chess Tournament at the ISSO National Games held on 15th and 16th September 2023, in the U 19 boys’ category.
Vansh Scores at the ISSO National Games
Vansh Aggarwal of Class 10 has secured a Gold medal in the Chess Tournament at the ISSO National Games held on 15th and 16th September 2023, in the U 17 boys’ category.
Learning the Moves
Ahaan Kataruka of Class 3 A won 2nd place and a Silver medal in ChessNiti age group chess tournament in the U-8 category.
District Chess Selection
Freyah Golia of Class 9B participated in the U-15 Mumbai City District Chess Selection-2023, and she came first in her category.
Good luck Freya!
Advay Claims International Recognition
Advay Dhoot of Class 5B toured the Chess circuit in Italy and Germany, participating in the 3rd festival Internazionale Città di Amelia Tournament 2023 in Italy, and the 4th IUST Championship 2023 in Germany.
He played and won against higher-rated players and went on to claim the first prize in the U-10 category in Italy.
With his outstanding performance and achievements, he added 123 points and increased his Fide rating from 1184 to 1307.
Rachit Gianchandani scores 2nd place in 12th International Chess Tournament
DAIS IGCSE Grade 10 student, Rachit Gianchandani won second place at the 12th International Chess Tournament held in Italy in June'23. His chess ratings stand increased by 378 points.
Rounaiv Rana Climbs up the FIDE list 2023
As per the FIDE list of June 2023, Rounaiv Rana of Class 6 B is India No.2 in the Classical Format (rating 2102) and India No. 3 in the Blitz Format (rating 1972) in the U13 category
- At the 3rd Aavhan IIT open tournament at IIT Campus Mumbai, Rounaiv won the 2nd place cash prize in the rapid rating category (1600-1900). This is his third consecutive win at IIT with previous wins in the U12 section
- At the 2nd MVCC Rapid tournament in Mumbai, Rounaiv won a cash prize in the top 15 main prize list
- At the RCPP Open Rapid Fide Rated Chess Tournament in Pune, Rounaiv won the 3rd Place trophy in U13
Rounaiv Rana International Chess
Rounaiv Rana of Class 6 B was victorious at 2 International Chess tournaments early this year:
- He won the Vezerkepzo FM section in Budapest.
- He finished in the top 15 in the Prague Open Blitz.
Rishit at the All India Open Rating Chess Tournament
Rishit Goyal of Class 8 B won the 1st prize in the U-15 boys’ category at the All India Open Rating Chess Tournament - Below 1600 FIDE.
It’s a Gold!
Ahaan Kataruka of Class 2 A won the 1st position, securing a Gold medal, in the Checkmate-Chess tournament held at MIG Cricket Club Bandra.
He remained undefeated till the 5th round of the tournament.
Advay Rules the Chessboard
Advay Dhoot of Class 4 B participated in the 25th Festival Internazionale di SCACCHI 2022 held at Montesilvano in Italy. He completed the tournament with a score of 3/5, he stood first in the under-9 and was awarded a trophy for the best under-9 player.
After this success, Advay participated in the 19th Bois-Colombes Chess master open 2022 held at Bois-Colombes France, where he made a fabulous score of 4.5 points out of possible 9 rounds.
He also participated in the Abu Dhabi International Chess festival juniors 2022. There were 228 participants from 25 countries. He won the first two games and competed against the top seed and tournament champion Fide master Mahdavi Reza rated 2253. Advay scored 3.5 points out of 9 games. He played the blitz tournament and finished the top half by scoring 4.5 points.
Advay was a part of the DATCC Individual Rapid Championship 2022 in the U-12 category. He finished the tournament with a score of 4/6 and stood 11th.
At the festival blitz Malaysian Chess festival 2022, where 138 Players from 10 countries participated, Advay started as 95th seed in the tournament and scored 4 points out of possible 8 rounds and increased his rating by 33 points.
Well done, Advay!
Raahil Mullick wins Gold at the 16th Asian Schools Chess Championship
#DAIS student, 15-year-old IM Raahil Mullick of Class 10B clinched the Gold Medal at the 16th Asian Schools Chess Championship 2022 - Under 15 Open in the Classical format of the game. With this performance he helped India bring home the Team Gold Medal in the Classical Format. Raahil also won a Bronze medal in the Asian Schools Rapid Chess Championship, and helped the Indian team win 2 Team Silver Medals in both the Rapid and the Blitz Championships, bringing his total medal tally to 5 – 2 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze. The 16th edition of the Asian Schools Chess Championship was organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka, and held at the Citrus Hotel, Waskaduwa, Sri Lanka.
56 players from 6 Asian countries participated in the event which took place from 2nd-10th Dec 2022. The prize distribution was held at the PMO office in Colombo and the players received their medals from the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena himself.
Our Little Red Knight
Anishka Biyani of Class 1B earned first place at the Chess Rapid under - 6 years age category tournament in Bangkok, Thailand. The tournament was hosted by the Red Knights Chess Academy.
Raahil Mullick wins Gold at MSSA
International Master Raahil Mullick of Class 10 B won the Gold Medal in Chess with a perfect score of 9 on 9 for DAIS at the Mumbai Schools Sports Association. 279 chess players from schools across Mumbai participated in the event. This is Raahil's 6th Gold medal.
He has won gold medals continuously in the years 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022. The other years in between he didn't participate as he was abroad working towards his International Masters Norm. He also had one bronze and one silver before 2015. Total 8 medals for DAIS.
Aarav Dengla receives the title of International fide master!
Aarav Dengla received the title of International fide master on 6 July 2022. According to international fide rating, he is currently 2309 and is the highest rated school student currently in Mumbai.
He competed in tournaments in Poland and the prestigious Paris Open.
Aarav was made an international master norm at Championet de Paris masters 2022.
His brief interview after the event is here - https://youtu.be/PZkC9GGHuTI
Chess win - Siddhanth Lohia and Aditya Patil
Siddhanth Lohia and Aditya Patil secured Second position in the Maestro Muscat Challengers Team Tournament 2021 in Chess. Siddhanth and Aditya were part of the four member Team SMCA, of which Siddhanth was the highest Fide rated player in the team.
The tournament fielded 46 teams of 223 players from 15 countries. The gruelling online tournament comprised of 3 stages of qualifications and was conducted over two weeks in August.
Chess win for Ria Sanghavi (3 B)
Ria Sanghvi of Class 3 B stood first in the U-8 Inter School Chess Championship open category. She scored 6.5 out of 7 i.e. won 6 and drew 1 out of 7 rounds.
DAIS scores in Online Chess
The first-ever edition of Aavhan IIT Bombay’s Online Open Chess Tournament on International Chess Day saw a record-breaking 550+ participants from India, Russia, Peru, Philippines, Chile, Argentina, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Serbia making it India’s biggest cash prize Online Chess Tournament. The tournament witnessed 15 Grandmasters, 17 International Masters and several other titled players battle for the coveted top spot.
DAIS students Rounaiv Rana of Class 4-B and Aditya Patil of Class 5-A participated in this mega event and bagged gold and bronze respectively in the U10 category.
At the 1st All India National Online Chess Championship 2020 on Lichess.com for school kid, a total of 1150 players participated.
Rounaiv Rana of Class 4-B played in the U-11 Open category representing DAIS and competed with 270 players from various schools of India.
He won second place with a fabulous score of 7.5/9 , a cash prize and E - Certificate signed by Maharashtra's first Grandmaster and Arjuna Awardee GM Pravin Thipsay.
Online Chess Champ
Ria Sanghavi of Class 3B, participated in many online chess tournaments and has secured second place in a couple of open tournaments in the under 11 and under 9 category and has been awarded prize money too.
She also participated in first AICF National online chess cup and secured a position in the top 10 in under-9 open category.
Rounaiv Bags a String of Medals
Rounaiv Rana Class 3 B participated in various FIDE Chess tournaments across the country in the the last 2 months. His tally of medals is spectacular, showing his aptitude and passion for the game.
- First place in U-9 Open and Rs.5000/- cash prize at KCS FIDE Udupi, Karnataka
- Gold medal in U-9 at SS & SK Memorial Open FIDE Indore, Madhya Pradesh
- Second place in U-9 in Maharashtra State Selection FIDE, Pune
- First place in U-9 and cash prize of Rs.2200/- All India Open FIDE Raipur, Chhattisgarh
- First Place in U-9 and cash prize of Rs.1000/- All India Open FIDE Faridabad, Haryana
- 18th Delhi GM Open 2020 – Gained 75 ELOs in this strong field
Way to go, Rounaiv!
Rounaiv Rana Class 3 B participated in the MSDCA District Selection Chess Championship 2020 in the U-19 open category and won the 3rd place trophy. He was the youngest 9 player in that group and finished in the top 3. Well done, Rounaiv!
A Win for Ria
Ria Sanghavi of Class 2 B was awarded 1st place in the U-9 girls category at the Maharashtra State Open Rapid Chess Tournament.
Ria Sanghavi of Class 2 B participated in the U-8 Open Chess Tournament and won first place after winning all the matches.
Ria on a Roll
Ria Sanghavi of Class 2 B stood 1st in the 12th Inter School Premier League U-8 Girls Chess Tournament, winning all 4 matches she participated in.
Ria Scores in Singapore
Ria Sanghavi of Class 2 B was ranked 4th at the 36th Singapore Nationals U-7 Girls Tournament. She was tied at 2nd place with 2nd and 3rd prize winners by scoring 6 out of 8 points and was ranked 4th based on Buccholz.
Freeyah Golia Sports For All (SFA -2019)
Freeyah Golia of Class 5 B participated in the SFA-2019 U-13, girls' Chess Championship. She scored 4 points out of 5 points. She won 3 games and drew 2 games. Overall she came 3rd position.
Our Pride-Raahil Mullick
Raahil Mullick, of Class 7 B has earned the position of Chess International Master (IM) of India. Achieving this feat at a tender age of 12 years, Raahil is currently the youngest International Master of Maharashtra. Proud of you Raahil!
Proud winners of the MSSA Chess Championship
At the recently held MSSA Chess Championship, our students played brilliantly and were proud winners of the 'Overall Championship Trophy'.
Our Chess stars and top performers were:
- Raahil Mullick - Boys U-14 Gold Medal
- Suhaani Lohia - Girls U-12 Gold Medal
- Aditya Patil - Boys U-10 Gold Medal
- Rounaiv Rana - Boys U-10 Silver Medal
- Siddhanth Lohia - Boys U-16 4th place
- Freeyah Golia - Girls U-12 7th place
- Ruhaan Mahindru - Boys U-16 8th place
Freeyah Checkmates the City
Freeyah Golia of Class 5 B stood 1st in her category at the Mumbai City Under-11 District Chess Selection Tournament, held at the Russian Center for Culture and Science. She has been selected for the state championship.
Rounaiv Wins Second Place
Rounaiv Rana of Class 3-B won second place in the U-9 Maharashtra State Amateur FIDE tournament. He will lead the Maharashtra State U-9 open list with 170 ELOs.
Our Asian Youth Champ
Dev Shah of Class 6 B, represented Team India as 'National Under 11 Gold Medalist' at the prestigious Asian Youth Chess Championship in Srilanka in April 2019.Dev won a Gold Medal in the Team Under 12 Championship at the coveted Asian Youth !!!!!!!
Freeyah Stands Out at MCDCA
Freeyah Golia of Class 4B stood 1st in the U-13 girls category,at the MCDCA District Chess Tournament held in Mumbai in March 2019.
Raahil Makes DAIS Proud
Raahil Mullick of Class 6 B won the Gold Medal in the Under 12 Chess tournament organized by the Mumbai Schools Sports Association.
Freeyah Golia 4B
Freeyah Golia of Class 4B participated in the Mumbai City District Amateur selection Chess tournament 2018 and she came 1st in the Under 1700 rating Girls category. She has been selected for the Maharashtra State Amateur FIDE rating tournament.
Dev Wins the National Gold!
Dev Shah of Class 6 B won GOLD Medal in the most coveted Under 11 National Chess Championship, which concluded in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu .
Out of 246 participants from all over India, Dev remained unbeaten with 7 wins and 4 draws, scoring 9/11 points to win the GOLD in this Championship.
It was a herculean task and nerve wrecking championship where every participant was the state Champion representing his own state, aiming to clinch the title. Dev now officially represents INDIA as a part of Team INDIA to The World Youth and Asian Youth Chess Championships, in the Under 12 category.
Proud of you Dev! May your dream to become an International Master and Grand Master in 2 years be fulfilled.
Rounaiv gets into the Top League
Rounaiv Rana of Class 2 B played some FIDE tournaments across the country and he is now amongst the top 10 strongest players in the country, in the U-8 category, with a live ELO rating of 1329, as published by FIDE for August 2018. After an exceptional performance at the LBHM Pune tournament in May 2018, where he won 1st Place, with a Cash Prize of 3000/-, he went on to play some brilliant chess at the Mayors Cup (B & C Category) where he gained 220+ points and won 1st Place, with a Cash Prize of 15000/-. Later at the SBI Open Tournament held in June 2018, he continued bagged the 1st Prize trophy, in U-8 and gained 60 more points. At the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Delhi, he further gained 70 points, displaying a good performance.
Dev Shah of Class 6 B participated in Chess tournaments in Italy, at Forni Di Sopra and Ortisei.
Dev was seeded 36 th and he scored 4.5 points out of 9 points, with a single loss against an International Master, to make a huge leap of 99 points. Dev was awarded GOLD in the Under 16 category.
In the Ortisei Open tournament he was judged the best player in the Under 18 category.
Well done and good luck Dev!
Dev Shah - A Glorious Performance
Dev Shah of Class 5 B participated in the prestigious Sitges Open Masters tournament with top seed Grand Master from Russia with ELO rating of 2674.
He performed very well with a decent score of 3.5/9 and increased a fantastic 81 points with his current rating now being 1977.
Dev also participated in the Hastings Masters Open tournament with top seed Indian Grandmaster with ELO rating of 2586.
Dev performed very well with 4.5/9 and again increased his ELO rating by 74 points, which now makes him top in India and amongst top 3 in Asia, with a rating of 2051.
Dev played a Fide rated Blitz tournament where he got 3 prizes for his performance .
Rounaiv Rana - Chess Achievement
Rounaiv Rana of Class 1B represented DAIS at the InterSchool and Intercollegiate Chess Tournament organised by Romell and Troika Sports Group in Mumbai. He was the top seed with an FIDE rating of 1215. He maintained his position throughout the tournament, winning a perfect score of 7 /7 amongst 60 participants from various schools in Mumbai. He won the 1st place trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 2000/-
Chess Championship Achievements
Aditya Patil of Class 2A won a Gold medal at the Sane Guruji Interschool Chess Tournament, in the U-7 boys category.
He won all games with a perfect score of 6/6 points amongst 60 participants.
Chess Championship Achievements
Rounaiv Rana of Class 1 B won 1st place and prize money of Rs.5000/- in the U-7 category at the Maharashtra Open International FIDE Tournament (Chess)
Exceptional Achievement in Chess Honoured - Dev Shah
Dev Shah of Class IV B was felicitated with the THE NATIONAL CHILD AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT on 14th November, 2016, by our PRESIDENT Shri PRANAB MUKHERJEE at the RASHTRIYAPATI BHAVAN in NEW DELHI.
It is a great honour for DEV to be recognised by the nation and the Child and Welfare Ministry. He was the youngest amongst all the 31 awardees.
The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement was instituted in 1996 and is awarded by Department of Women and Child Development, Government of India, to children between the age of 4 to 15 years, with exceptional abilities.
It is one of the three National Presidential Awards for the children of the state. The selection for this award is made by the National Selection Committee.
Dev has won State, National and International medals, but this award recognises his talent and his hard work and is the ultimate and most coveted one and is his biggest feat yet.
We at DAIS are extremely proud of Dev and wish him many more successes in the future.
Hard work pays off for chess wiz Dev Shah
Dev Shah of Class 4B participated in the esteemed Nationals Under -9 Chess Tournament in Jalandhar, Punjab, where 157 players from 20 states participated. This tournament qualifies the 1st and 2nd medalist to officially represent INDIA to the ASIAN YOUTH and WORLD YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP.
Dev was an official entry from Maharashtra State, as he won a Gold Medal at the State Championship with a perfect score of 9/9. It was a great responsibility, which he fulfilled by scoring 9.5 points and beat the top seed in the 6th round and was leading till the last round. Dev got a Silver Medal, missing the Gold by a whisker, as the opponent who came first was also at the same score of 9.5. “Cant challenge and change destiny”.
Hard work pays off for chess wiz Dev Shah
The class three student at Dhirubhai Ambani International finished runner-up in the open under-eight category, no mean feat when you consider the quality of opposition he was up against and the fact that he entered the championship seeded 18th. Dev ended his campaign with a score of nine points from 11 games which included seven duels with opponents who feature in the world’s under-eight top 20 rankings. To the ardent V Anand fan, it was mission accomplished. “My goal was to try and finish in the top three,” a shy Dev told TOI on Monday.
It could have been a sweeter outcome had he got the better of compatriot and eventual winner Bharath Subramaniyam while playing with white pieces. “I had won six out six when I played him in round seven and he was half a point behind. But I blundered,” Dev candidly admitted.
Still, you couldn’t detect any sense of regret in his tone, a quality that really endears the young Candidate Master to his coach DV Ganesh. “One of the things I like most about him is that he doesn’t get depressed when he loses,” said Ganesh who has been working with Dev from the time the latter was just four and a half. “From the outset, all of us at the South Mumbai Chess Academy felt he would go far in the future.”
With his exploits in Greece set to take his ELO rating to 1683 when the latest points are released at the start of December, Ganesh has already outlined Dev’s next goal. “The focus now will be on improving his rating further. By the end of December, the idea is he should be number one in the world in his age category,” said the coach.
DAIS won the Trophy for The BEST SCHOOL in National Schools Chess Championship
- DEV SHAH - GOLD MEDAL
- BHAVEN SHAH - SILVER MEDAL SUHANI LOHIA won the SILVER MEDAL in the U 7 Girls Category
- RAAHIL MULLICK - BRONZE MEDAL
- AHANA SHAH stood 10th
- SIDDHANTH LOHIA stood 11th
Dev Shah of Class III B stood 4th in the Under-9 State Chess Championship winning 7 out of 9 games.
Dev Shah of Class III B stood 4th in the Under 9 State Chess Championship winning 7 out of 9 games. Dev will officially represent Maharashtra State in the upcoming National Championships to be held in Ahmedabad from 11 th June to 19 th June 2015. Dev is the only player of 8 years in the top 20 standings of the Under-9 category.
Dev Shah (Class II B) represented DAIS at the National Schools Chess Championship held in Delhi from 11th to 13th June 2014. He won the SILVER MEDAL in this national level tournament with the score of 8/9
With Mr. Bharat Chauhan – Head, All India Chess Federation
Dev with officials of Commonwealth Chess Championship 2014 and Indian Team manager
Dev remained unbeaten with the score of 8/9 with 7 wins and 2 draws. 61 students representing 16 states participated in this most coveted chess tournament.
Dev came out with flying colours in this tournament and won a trophy, medal and cash prize money.