K Jennitha Anto, from Tamil Nadu, wins the 6th world crown

CHENNAI: International Women's Teacher of Tamil Nadu (WIM) K Jennitha Anto won his sixth IPCA (International with Physical Disability) Chess Association) World title in Ruzomberok, Slovakia. The 19th edition of the tournament, which took place from June 28 to July 6, made the 32-year-old from Trichy score 5 points in 9 rounds, which was enough for her to win the title.

I had won the world title from 2013 to 2017. However, last year I could only win a bronze, when the event took place in the Czech Republic, which was very disappointing. This time I was more determined to recover the crown and I was able to achieve a good performance, Jennitha told TOI on Thursday. The event saw 44 players with different abilities in action.

Inflicted by polio from the age of three years, Jennitha, in a wheelchair, began playing chess at the age of 9 years. My father was fundamental for me in this sport. Playing chess has given me many purposes in life. My heroes in sports has been Bobby Fischer & Viswanathan Anand Said Jennitha.

Her feat helped Jennitha overtake Anand — who has five World titles — in terms of the number of titles won. On his part, Anand was overjoyed at Jennitha’s feat. “I have had a chance to meet her on a couple of occasions before & she remains an inspiration for so many. She thoroughly deserves her sixth World title,” Anand said.

In the 2018 Para Asian Games, Jennitha had India proud by clinching four medals — one gold, two silver medals & a bronze.