Margao: Nitish Belurkar became the youngest Goan Candidate Master after winning a bronze at the ASEAN under-10 Chess Championship at Tarakan in Indonesia.

The 10-year-old Belurkar, a brand ambassador for Geno Pharmaceuticals, who won World U-9 School chess championship in Turkey last year and a bronze medal at Commonwealth Chess, played a mature game to defeat Alberto Pramana Martin Silaen (Indonesia) in the final round.

Nitish's schoolmate from Sharada Mandir High School, Rajarayan Kuvelkar, lost the last round but finished a creditable fifth, a press release by the Goa Chess Association said on Sunday.

As a bronze medalist of the ASEAN Championship, Nitish qualified for the Candidate Master (CM) title by the World Chess Federation.

Nitish is trained by the Dranocharya awardee Raghunandan Gokhale. Nitish will next be heading to South Africa for the Commonwealth Chess Championship to be held there.

(Agencies)