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The Young And Ambitious Amaravati Yodhas

The Young And Ambitious Amaravati Yodhas

Jan 7, 2017, 12:17 PM 1

The Amaravati Yodhas is one of four PRO Chess League teams from India, the origin of the game of chess itself. Situated near India's central east coast, Amaravati is the name of both a historic town and the soon-to-be capital of the Andhra Pradesh state.

The Yodhas are a mix of (some) experienced and (a lot of) upcoming young players. One of the older players is Murali Krishna G., a well known chess coach in Amaravati. Another is Sudhakar Gangaraju, a senior player and coach too. He has FIDE rating around 2138 (inactive), but FIDE deleted his ID after confusing him with another person with same name and initials.

The team's top board is occupied by Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad, a 20-year-old player who holds two IM norms. Here's an exciting draw he made very recently with one of India's big stars, Baskaran Adhiban.

Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad. | Photo All India Chess Federation.

The team also has WFM Kotepalli Sai Nirupama, who was selected to participate in the 2016 Chess.com Isle of Man International through the Titled Tuesday tournament. She won several age group medals in India and Asia. Then there's Chakravarthy Y V K, a strong player in the city, and then three teenagers:

  • 13-year-old WFM Bommini Mounika Akshaya, the ASEAN U-12 Girls Champion.
  • 15-year-old Toshali, V who has represented India in different international age group championships.
  • 15-year-old Harisurya Bharadwaj Gundepudi who was placed in the top three in several age-groups in the Andhra Pradesh State.

The PRO Chess League welcomes the Amaravati Yodhas!

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