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Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO MY SPAR - Conelia Harry

YOUNG Arya Singh of Richards Bay Chris­tian School (RBCS) has had an amaz­ing run with her chess ca­reer over the past two con­sec­u­tive years.

This year, Arya will be play­ing along­side her triplet sis­ters, Diya and Arti when the trio rep­re­sent the King Cetshwayo Dis­trict (KCDM) and KZN Prov­ince at the South African Ju­nior Chess Cham­pi­onships (SAJCC) in Boks­burg from 16 to 21 De­cem­ber.

The youngest of the trio of sib­lings, Arya achieved first po­si­tion at the SAJCC held in Boks­burg in Jan­uary in the U12 di­vi­sion - D Sec­tion.

She also qual­i­fied to play at the SAJCCC held in Jo­han­nes­burg in April where she was one of only three girls from KZN for the U12 sec­tion to qual­ify for the closed tour­na­ment.

In 2017 she achieved first place po­si­tion at three tour­na­ments: KCDM Open, KCDM Fun and KCDM Closed fol­lowed by wins in this year’s KCDM Sum­mer Open, KCDM An­niver­sary event; and sec­ond po­si­tion in the KCDM Cham­pi­onship in May and the Women’s Day Board­walk Open in the U16 cat­e­gory.

She also won the best chess ju­nior fe­male award and was nom­i­nated for the best fe­male player award in a Sport cat­e­gory at the In­au­gu­ral King Cetshwayo Con­fed­er­a­tion Awards held in Eshowe, where she fin­ished as run­ner-up.

The Grade 6 learner strikes a per­fect bal­ance be­tween sport, aca­demics and chess and at the school’s awards func­tion in 2015 and 2017 she re­ceived the fe­male crick­eter of the year award and was se­lected to rep­re­sent the King Cetshwayo Dis­trict at the KZN T20 Cricket Fes­ti­val. Hav­ing achieved a whop­ping 6 A’s with a 97% ag­gre­gate for Nat­u­ral Sci­ences and 96% Ag­gre­gate for Maths dur­ing the last term, Arya’s fu­ture goal is to pur­sue a ca­reer in medicine.

Arya Singh of Richards Bay Chris­tian School is al­ways fo­cused on her next chess move

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