Mahesh Kumar bags NIIT's Mind Champion Academy's title
Viswanathan Anand gives certificate `Support from Government is the need of the hour'
Rajahmundry: Not only corporate or private schools, but also kids from government schools are coming out with flying colours in different fields. Rajahmundry, which produced national champion Aachanta Kamal in table tennis, has now, given another wonder kid Konda Mahesh Kumar in chess.
The State has earlier produced Koneru Hampi, Harikrishna and others to get laurels to the country. Like wise, Mahesh Kumar has recently bagged NIIT's Mind Champion Academy's national title and brought laurels not only to Rajahmundry, but to the country as well.
Konda Mahesh, son of K. Narayana Rao and Subbalakshmi who is studying ninth class in local Government High School developed interest in chess from class five. He was encouraged by a local coach to participate in competitions.
The NIIT identified spark in Mahesh and invited him to participate in district-level Mind Champion Academy competitions in mid 2006, conducted at Kakinada and then in Hyderabad (State-level).
Brain storming session
Mahesh got an opportunity to play in the National level championship conducted by NIIT last month in Chennai along with several competitors across the country. He proved his mettle by winning the brain storming session at the finals and won "NIIT's Chess Master 2006" championship.
Super Grand Master Viswanathan Anand gave away the Certificate and Award to Mahesh and played one game with him up to 25 steps.
Mahesh also participated in School Games Federation competitions conducted by State Government at different levels and stood first in State and received the award from State Primary Education Minister R. Rajyalakshmi recently in Hyderabad.
"I have lot of interest and enthusiasm to participate in more number of competitions in coming months. Support from government as well as sponsors is need of the hour," said Mahesh and his parents who belong to below poverty line group.