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Aditya — India’s chess wonderkid


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CHENNAI: Six-year-old M. Aditya (1492) has become the youngest rated Indian chess player, according to the January 2011 list released by FIDE, the international chess body.

Initiated into the sport at the age of two, Aditya has shown considerable progress in quick time. Aditya, who is the reigning Chennai District under-7 champion, trains at T. Nagar Chess Academy. Srinivasa Rangan, personal coach of Aditya says, “Usually it is difficult to teach Knight movements to beginners. But this kid was very special and he hit the ground running. It was amazing to see him play a full game when he was a little more than three years old.”

Arvind, Aditya’s elder brother, is a FIDE-rated chess player and that has helped in shaping his skills. “Chess has helped him learn computers as well. He used to play chess on the internet when he was four. He could not read and icons were his only guides,” said Meenakshi, Aditya’s mother. — Special Correspondent


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