Laois Nationalist – Chess champion Laois International is a master of the game

Nandita Kanyamarala and her daughter Trisha (right) are pictured with President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin where Trisha was recognized as Ireland’s first female international chess master .

By Joe Barrett

A fifth-year student from Portlaoise and Ireland’s first-ever female international chess mistress was the guest of Irish President Michael D. Higgins at a recent garden party in Áras an Uachtaráin.

Trisha Kanyamarala and her mother Nandita were joined by Deputy Principal of Portlaoise College Patricia Cullen at the garden party hosted by the President his wife Sabina Higgins.

Trisha was invited to the event in recognition of her achievement in becoming Ireland’s first-ever female international chess master at the 90th FIDE Congress (Chess) competition in Abu Dhabi in late February.

During their visit, the trio visited Áras an Uachtaráin and the formal gardens. Musical entertainment was provided by several musical acts throughout the afternoon.

The highlight of the afternoon was the meeting with the President who congratulated Trisha on her achievement and wished her good luck for the next Chess Olympiad.

Trisha and her brother Tarun, who is also a 5e also studying at Portlaoise College, will represent Ireland at the Chess Olympiad to be held July 27-August 10 in Chennai, India.

The Irish Chess Union sends both a men’s and women’s team to compete where over 150 countries from around the world will take part.

India’s Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Akhilesh Mishra also hosted a reception for Trisha and Tarun with their teams during an event at the Indian Embassy last week to celebrate the games taking place in India.

This will be Trisha’s first time representing Ireland at the Chess Olympiad. The team consists of five players and Trisha will play on Board 1 for Ireland, as Trisha is the highest rated chess player in Ireland. Their mother Nandita is the team leader of the women’s team at the Olympiads.

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