Strategic Thinking at Chess Clusters
Two, under-19 teams from Indian High School won the annual inter school chess championship, at Sarjah Indian Association, held on the 23rd and 24th of September. This victory leads the teams to represent UAE at the national level, this month, in India.

6 schools participated in the clusters with more than 10 teams to compete against the boys as well as girls category. Each player played from 4 different teams played five matches. The boys' as well as the girls' team, topped their respective category, as they outshone every other school, to qualify for the CBSE chess nationals in Indore, this month.

When asked about the overall experience of the competition, one of the U-19 girls team player, Aditi Mehta, an 11th grader, said, "It was a great experience. Competition was tough but thanks to our school support we made it. We have given in completely, for this, and hope to perform our best."

Another girls' team player, Divya Paryani, another 11th Grader said, "Chess is fun. It's also a stress-buster for people like me. It's not tough but you have to keep practicing. Strategy is needed to keep your calm and be relaxed while you play a match." With tough competition, the clock ticking next to the chess board and each player having a strategy against their opponent, the heat was on. Chess is a game of patience, concentration and seeing 2 moves ahead and the U-19 boys and girls teams have a long way to go.

Hard work pays off and the effort put in, reaps the sweet well deserved fruit as IHS students once again prove themselves to be all-rounder's.

-Paavani Dua