Bodhana Sivanandan: British chess prodigy named best female player at European championship

An eight-year-old primary school pupil from Harrow has been named best female player at the European Blitz Chess Championship in Zagreb, Croatia.

Bodhana Sivanandan achieved an “astonishing result and outranked several grandmasters – as Sky’s Emma Birchley reports.

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79 Comments

  1. One of the many health care workers, heart specialists and chess players urgently needed!

  2. A wise soul this young girl. May gods bless her and her family with happiness.

  3. Why is the reporter speaking to her like she’s 5 years old?

  4. Robbed of the Sports personality of the year award

  5. It looks like the brits can't live without indians anymore 😂 For their PM they want indian, the food they want Indian, the chess players also they want indian. 😂😂

  6. Im not even white, and i know that girl isn't British

  7. Why is she labeled the best "female' player?

    Since when is gender relevant in chess? This isn't basketball, football or rugby. Chess is literally played while sitting.

  8. That’s totally awesome ❤well done her ❤

  9. way to go for the interviewer to scare the crap out of an 8 year old !! 😂😂😂

  10. The condescending tone of the interviewer is shocking

  11. She looks like Indians and has an Indian name.

  12. Only given coverage due to race and gender. Sky wouldn't have bothered if they were white and male.

  13. Brilliant news then the poor girl was made to meet Rishi Sunak 🥴

  14. Iran and India’s rise in chess is unbelievable.

  15. I hope she will crush Hans Nieman and then Carlsen.

  16. If she’s good she’s a British if she’s bad she’s an Indian

  17. Congratulations, Bodhana! Keep blowing past the barriers others have set on their lives. 👏

  18. Indians even teaching chess to the Brits 😂😂😂

  19. Every viewer knows she is Indian 😂

  20. I really don't know why we indian are claiming her. She gets all the facilities there in that country.

    Some time they give bad news as Indian british but good news as only british. This is a problem

  21. If she’s good she’s a British if she’s bad she’s an Indian

  22. It seems British can't produce their own country origin players in any sport, be it chess and cricket. Even their country premier is of Indian origin Hindu.
    This girl is clearly of Indian origin. If she is ashamed to be called Indian, then they shouldn't identify themselves to "Indian" roots and their Indian ancestry which brought them up.

  23. What a beautiful, talented young girl. Good luck Bodhana!

  24. WCM at 8yr old for a female is exceptionnal !

  25. Playing Black..she should have the clock on the side of her favoured hand…etiquette..

  26. Nigel Farage should be called in to give her an award. 🥇

  27. If she becomes a world champion she is BRITISH else she is an IMMIGRANT.

  28. INDIAN British habit of looting is still going?

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