Chess came across to Megha when she was staying in her hostel in Brihalla, near Kolkata,India. She was only six years old at that time. A few girls playing on a chessboard made her curious to know more about this brain game. It was this incident that has drawn her to chess and now she aspires to achieve more in the sport.
Currently studying in grade 9, the fifteen year old has had a solid rise in chess. She participated in her first National for the visually challenged, where she achieved the second position, in 2016. She followed this up by a superb performance at her second national, this time in Ahmadabad, Gujarat a couple of months later in 2016. In this event, she even achieved her FIDE Rating, a step closer to becoming a professional player in the sport.
Once this bright young lady achieved her rating, there was no one stopping her passion from exceeding further. She played in a couple of more tournaments and practiced mostly on her own using the computer. Her mother Ms. Bandana Chakraborty has helped her throughout her chess career, and she exclaims with pride that she will continue to support her daughter's career to the best of her potential. She even got in touch with Kolkata based trainer Mr. Durga Prasad Mahapatra to get support for improving her daughter's chess game for a while.
Megha's biggest achievement by far was to clinch the Open National Women Chess Championship for the Blind in Ahmadabad this July ahead of many strong contenders. She has, thus, been selected to play in the Indian Women's team for the upcoming Para Asian Games in Jakarta in October,2018. She trains daily for hours on end to make her country proud.
As Megha continues on her path to become a Grandmaster in chess, Project Checkmate wishes her the best for her journey. Her successes so far have been remarkable, and we can't wait to see what's next in store for this 'Wonder Woman' from West Bengal.
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