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I want to collect 100 trophies – Prathibha Nethsarani

Prathibha Nethsarani Bandara is a grade five student of Horizon College International. She is a talented chess player who has already won 35 trophies and her goal is to collect up to 100 trophies in chess. She is also a budding swimmer. Prathibha shared her experiences as a chess player with Little Stars.

How was the experience of your recent achievement?
I became the champion in the 10th Kandy Open Chess International Rating Tournament. The tournament didn’t have age categories, so I played with both older as well as younger players. This experience was exciting.

Tell us more about yourself.
My full name is Prathibha Nethsarani Bandara. My school is Horizon College International. I study in grade five. There are seven members in my family – my mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, sister, and aunt. I am interested in my school studies, chess, and swimming

When and how did you start playing chess?
When I was five years old, my grandmother thought of making me a good chess player, so she put me to a chess class. When I went to New Zealand in 2015, I went to another Sri Lankan sir and further improved. My first tournament was in New Zealand, but my first age category tournament was in Sri Lanka in 2017, where I became the champion. I love chess and I hope to continue playing chess for the rest of my life.

Do you practise chess daily? What’s your schedule like?
Yes. Most of the time when I am free, I play chess puzzles, but other times, I play with my grandmother.

What are your hobbies?
I mostly play with my sister. Other times, I like to read storybooks.

What is your favourite chess piece?
The king, because without a king we cannot play a game of chess.

What are the other sports you take part in?
I also engage in regular swimming practices.

Share with us about your ambition and goals.
My ambition is to be an engineer and my goal is to collect 100 trophies. As of now, I have around 35.

Is it important to always win in a game of chess?
Sometimes it is important. Other times, we are doing it to practise, so it doesn’t matter if we win or lose.

How does it feel to win a game of chess?
Happy and exciting!

If your friend wants to start playing chess, what qualities would you ask her to improve on?
Moving skills, patience, and thinking.

Who are your biggest supporters and who would you want to thank?
I want to thank my grandmother, Mrs. Anula Vithanage, and my chess sir. My biggest supporter is my grandmother.