Sophomore qualifies for chess tournament

Jessica Spitz

Shaileja Jain ’16 has qualified to play in the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships in the girls under 16 division.

Jain will represent the United States in Durban, South Africa Sept. 18-30.

Jain has been playing chess since she was 11.

“Qualifying for World Youth was one of the most exciting moments of my life,” Jain said. “My brother, who had introduced me to chess in the first place, had always aspired to qualify for this tournament, so in doing so I was able to surpass my mentor and hopefully accomplish his goal for him.”