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Laois student crowned Ireland’s youngest ever Chess International Master

Tarun Kanyamarala

A Laois student has been crowned Ireland’s youngest ever Chess International Master following a competition recently.

5th Year Portlaoise College student Tarun Kanyamarala took glory at the Irish National Team Chess Championship by scoring 8/9.

That means that he won seven games and drew two of the nine matches that he took part in.

At 17 years and 5 months old, Tarun is also Ireland’s youngest ever International Master.

He beats the record held by Brian Kelly (for 24 years) who was 20 when he claimed the title in 1998.

Taren’s mum, Nandita Kanyamarala, is extremely proud of her son and thanked his school for their support.

“This achievement would have not been possible without Portlaoise College’s continuous support.

“We hope Tarun will reach his ultimate goal to become Ireland’s first home-grown chess Grand Master.”

This Saturday, Tarun will be traveling to Slovenia to represent Ireland at the 2022 European Chess Championships.

Best of luck Tarun!

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.