'Chess has the power to make people happy', a famous master once said. The royal game considered as both an art and science has the power to make a positive difference to its loyal followers.
Kavyashree Mallanna, the Founder Director of Celestial Minds has been implementing this objective as a player, coach and now as an organizer over the past 3 decades. Kavyashree who has an "Expert" level rating from United States Chess Federation(USCF) is one of New England's top Chess players; currently she is also the highest rated female chess player in New Hampshire. Her company Celestial Minds has established itself as an important chess coaching school, organized several top class rated tournaments and also contributed significantly to the social cause through Chess.
She was initiated to Chess at an early age by her mother, who was actively involved in the local chess circuit. By playing in several open tournaments at a young age, amidst a thriving Mysore chess community, Kavyashree was able to make quick progress. Few of her early achievements included winning the State Women's Chess Championships, representing the state in the National level for 14 times , getting crowned as a state champion in all possible age categories for a decade, winning individual medal at the National Inter-University Championship and finishing with silver in All India Round Table Chess zonal.
After graduating as an Engineer, she completed her MS and got into a career in Software. Amidst
the corporate life also in pursuit of her passion, in the year 2003 she started " Prema Chess Lab "
with the objective of coaching promising youngsters to achieve excellence. In the year 2012 she
took the bold step of quitting her IT career and founded Celestial Minds in New Hampshire, USA,
where she now resides.
Through Celestial Minds, she has organized several prestigious events like the New England Junior Open Chess Championship, USCF rated Scholastic and Chessomania events, that have provided platforms to young talents. Students of Celestial Minds have been consistently winning the Scholastic Team Chess and individual events in the New England region. Collaborating with All India Chess Federation, Celestial Minds successfully organized a national level FIDE Rated Rapid & Blitz Open Chess Championship which attracted record entries from all over the country.
Some more notable achievements of Kavyashree was getting awarded with the International Organizer norm from World Chess Federation, winning USCF rated Kolty Chess Club Open Championship, earning 'Expert' Chess title from USCF and directing matches as USCF Chess Arbiter.
Celestial Minds has been contributing to uplift the social conditions across the world through the 'Outreach' program, whose motto is "Express through Chess". Raising funds to sponsor a chess- talented child having cerebral palsy, donating to local NGOs, sending chess equipment to a needy group in Uganda, chess camps for deaf girls and organizing events whose proceeds are donated to charity are some of philanthropic activities carried out through " Kavyashree Mallanna Sports Outreach Program."