Tien’s mother-son duo playing for Hong Kong at the Chess Olympiad

An Indian woman, K. Sigappi and his son, K. Thanniramalai is playing in the Olympiad for Hong Kong. Sigappi’s husband PR Kannappan is the treasurer of the Hong Kong Chess Federation.

Born in Madurai, Sigappi learned chess at an early age and was one of the toppers in age-group tournaments at the state and national level.

“I was once the Tamil Nadu champion in the Under-16 Championship. I have also represented Madurai Kamaraj University in the All India Inter University Tournament. Our team won the silver medal and the Madras University won the gold,” Sigappi told IANS.

“She was a strong player and used to break into the top-10 at the national level,” S Meenakshi, Woman Grandmaster (WGM), recalled to IANS.

After marriage, she moved to Nigeria with husband Kannappan.

“We were in Nigeria for five years and later moved to Hong Kong about 17 years ago,” Kannappan said.

This is her second Olympiad to represent Hong Kong for Woman Fied Master Sigpi. The first was in 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan where he scored 8.5 points in 11 rounds.

She did not play in the 2018 Olympiad held in Batumi, Georgia.

“When Chennai was selected as the venue for the Olympiad, I jumped at the opportunity to play in my country. It was a very proud moment for me to play in Hall 1 in the first round where all the top teams play,” he added. .

Hong Kong team lost to India 3 team in which Sigappi lost to Isha Karavade.

In the next three rounds, Sigpi won two games with an ELO rating of 1,914 and a draw.

“I am playing competitive chess at the Olympiads after six years,” she said, adding that it was difficult to get into the groove at the beginning like preparing for the opening and other aspects of the game.

His son Thanniramalai, on the other hand, made his Olympiad debut with an ELO rating of 1,699 with one win in round two.

He is being coached by SigPi.

“He joined the Hong Kong Open team because some players were not able to play. Since he was 10th in the Hong Kong National Chess Tournament, he got a chance to play in the Olympiads,” said Sigppi.

Kannappan, who is in finance in Hong Kong, was roped in by the federation there to streamline the system.

So, the next time you see a woman with a bindi on her forehead, pleated hair and an Indian name at an international chess event, don’t assume she is part of the Indian team. She can play for any country in the world.

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