'Confidence levels up after world under-18 chess title win' Chennai, Oct 30 (PTI): Having won th

'Confidence levels up after world under-18 chess title win' Chennai, Oct 30 (PTI): Having won the world under-18chess title recently, young Indian Grand Master RPraggnanandhaa on Wednesday said his confidence level is upand wanted to do even better.

'There is stiff competition in the Under-18 category.

My confidence levels have gone up after the triumph. I ammotivated to do even better in the upcoming tournaments,'Praggnanandhaa said on the sidelines of a felicitationfunction at the Velammal School campus here.

The 14-year old will be taking part in a the London ChessClassic in London (December 1-9) and Sunway Chess Open inSitges (December 13-22).

'More people have started to take notice of me after myshowing in Mumbai.

I have also been getting some invitations for events. Iwill be travelling to England and Spain before the close ofthe year,' he added.

The Chennai-based chess prodigy took part in two back toback major events: the World Youth (U-18) and then the Worldjunior (U-20) championships in Mumbai and Delhi respectively.

After claiming the under-18 title, he finished ninth inthe Under-20 event.

Praggnanandhaa said playing back to back tournaments hadleft him tired, which probably affectd his performance.

'I was a little bit tired as I was constantly in action.

A lot of high-calibre players were also there and that made itdifficult for me,' he added.

Praggnanandhaa, a Class IX student of Velammal School,dedicated his recent world under-18 title to Sujith Wilson,the two-year old boy who passed away on Tuesday after gettingstuck in an abandoned bore well near Tiruchirapally.

'This is for him. I hope tragic incidents like this donthappen in the future,' he said. PTI SSAPRAPR APR