Dakshina Kannada and Udupi chess talents have performed well in the just-concluded inter-school State chess championship held in Shimoga. The event, conducted under the aegis of United Karantaka Chess Association and Chess Federation of India, was held from September 7 to 10.

Shabdhik Varma of Dharmasthala and Pangal Gopalkrishna Nayak, class 8 student of Canara High School, Urwa, clinched the top two honours in the Under-14 boys' category. While Shabdik finished with 9 points after 10 rounds, Gopalakrishna's final tally was 8.5 points.

Nikjhilesh M. Holla also of Dakshina Kannada with 8 points was placed sixth. As many as 143 students took part in this category.

In the Under-14 girls category, Andria L. D'Souza, a student of St. Agnes English School, was the topper with 8.5 points after 10 rounds. Reesha Shenoy of Carmel English School was placed 4th with eight points. Paschami Shenoy K. of Dakshina Kannada and Vradhika Shetty of Udupi were placed seventh and eighth respectively while Amruta of Udupi district was placed 10th. There were 139 participants in this event.

In the Under-17 girls' category, Shalon Joanne Pais and Mahima Khandige (of St. Agnes Girls High School) and Chrisel Ann Pais were placed third, fifth, and seventh respectively among the 141 contestants. Udupi's Shreya B. was placed eighth.

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