30 Aug Chess Prodigy Aaron Mendes wins the title ‘Candidate Master’ at NAYCC
A rising star of our school and better described as a chess prodigy, Aaron Reeve Mendes, has at the tender age of 7 years added yet another feather to his cap by securing second place in North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC) held recently in Kingston, Canada.
Aaron has received tremendous support from the Principal Sister Melissa and the entire teaching faculty whose continual encouragement, motivation and guidance allowed Aaron to concentrate on his game along with his academics.
Prior to NAYCC, Aaron has participated in many tournaments over the past year and has been successful in securing one of the top three positions in most of them. He was the first runner up in the Ontario Youth Chess Championship (OYCC) held in May 2019 in Kitchener, Canada. He shared a 3rd tie position in the National level U-8 Canadian Youth Chess Championship (CYCC) held in July 2019 in Saskatchewan, Canada.
And his latest feat was to tie for second place and secure third prize in tiebreaker at NAYCC which was international tournament between Canada, United States and Mexico. This highly recognized international chess tournament also entitles the top 3 players eligibility to the prestigious Candidate Master (CM) title bestowed by FIDE.
Aaron’s personal dedication and hard work, backed by excellent chess coaching from his mentors and support from his parents Arun Mendes and Jenifer Mendes together with his sister Ayesha has all contributed to his till date achievements.
We wish that this is just a beginning for Aaron and that this rising star continues to achieve success and win the title of Chess Grandmaster in the near future and bring laurels to his alma mater, tutors and family.