Devanshi Rathi is a 2018 Queen's Young Leader who uses her love of chess to empower, educate and alleviate the hardships faced by local children in India.
In 2016, she founded Project Checkmate to teach chess to underprivileged young people in her community. The project has since expanded and currently trains 40 students. Devanshi now also teaches the game to blind students, and runs mentoring sessions to help provide her young chess players with basic life skills.
Devanshi hosts regular matches, quizzes, lectures and camps for participants, including accompanying them to local, state and national chess events. She has authored two books on how to play chess, which have also been translated into braille.
Devanshi hopes to expand Project Checkmate to new regions, and diversify its work beyond chess by recruiting volunteers who can offer training in other areas.