Fifteen-year-old Sana Omprakash Kayyar has Ugandan flag flying aloft at the ongoing World Youth Chess Championships in Italy following her impressive start at the tournament.
The teenager who made her World debut last year is certainly enjoying a brilliant year, and is showing no signs of blundering.
Omprakash- winner of the silver medal at Africa Youth Chess Championships held in Egypt in September- fired her way to a perfect start with two victories in her U16 Girls section in the opening two rounds.
While on black in the first round, Omprakash outwitted Valerie Ruchinskaya from Canada. She took the same energy to the second round and bundled South African WFM Chloe Bandenhorst, however, this time on white.
That result leaves her as one of the only fifteen girls in her category yet to lose a game at the Championship.
The result also sees the Ugandan elevate herself to the top boards. She will face Michelle Trunz from Germany on board 7 in the third round.
Omprakash teammates in this tournament are not enjoying the competition at the moment though.
Her young brother Shoubith Omprakash Kayyar who is competing in the U14 Boys category lost both his opening rounds and so did Sherry Ariella Agaba who is in the U14 Girls category.
The two youngsters will hope to change the fortunes in the third round. Omprakash will face Ezywell Mutema from Zimbabwe while Agaba will face Vera Zeng from Australia in that round.
Uganda entered four players for this competition, but after Olympian Patricia Kawuma missing her visa interviews, only three were maintained.