Kerala boy bags 10th place in Commonwealth chess championship


KOLLAM: Twelve-year-old Kollam boy Jubin Jimmy got 10th position in the Commonwealth chess championship hosted by Delhi Chess Association in New Delhi from June 26 to July 3.


Jubin, a 7th standard student in Infant Jesus Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Thangassery, Kollam, booked his place in top ten category with 6.5 points.  P Karthikeyan of Railways emerged as the champion with 7.5 points while Vaibhav Suri from Delhi had to settle for second place with 7 points.

The tournament was held as an open tournament, with over 160 players participating. The vast majority of the participants came from the host country, which provided 134 players. South Africa was the second largest contingent with 8 players. One participant who played under the English flag was Manoj Arora.

Jubin, who has an international FIDE rating of 2113, has been showing steady improvement. He had secured 12th place in the Under-10 category Commonwealth Tournament, New Delhi, in June 2015 and 46th Place in the International Grand Master Tournament Open category held at Kolkata in May 2018.

Jubin had secured 5th place in under – 19 category National School Games Federation of India held at Warangal in November 2017. He was the first Runner-up in the Kerala State Senior Open Championship held at Ernakulam in May-June 2018. He was the champion in the under-11 Kerala State Championships held in April 2018.

Jubin said that he could scale heights in the game because of the support he got from his family, especially his father, who quit his job to take him out for coaching and also for attending International, National and State level tournaments.

“There are only a few chess protégées in the country who at this young age of 12 years has reached this level of over 2100 rating.  Jubin is hard working and sincere and is very keen to enhance his skills to get IM and GM norms as fast as possible,” his father Jimmy Joseph said.

However, Joyce said he was unable to mobilise the money required to support him further as he had already exhausted his financial resources for his coaching and travel so far.  Jubin requires expert coaching from Grand Masters to realize his potential, which involves lot of money.

“With the limited resources, I am not in a position to get him specialized coaching from Grand Masters and if, sufficient financial resources are not found, I may have to take my son off from chess, which would be great injustice to his talent and hard works,” he added.

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