Chess and Board Games world champion

Chess and Board Games world champion

Chess and Board Games world champion
Chess and Board Games world champion

 

Record-breaking 8-year-old chess prodigy Ashwath Kaushik tells CNN he wants to become Chess and Board Games world champion
After becoming the youngest player to defeat a chess grandmaster during the classical game on the board, Ashwath Kaushik is adjusting to his new-found fame.

The eight-year-old chess prodigy created history by defeating 37-year-old Jacek Stopa of Poland in the fourth round of the Bergdorfer Stadthaus Open in Switzerland on Sunday.

The previous record was set earlier this year by eight-year-old Leonid Ivanovich – who became the first player under the age of nine to beat a grandmaster in the classical game – but Ashwath was five months younger than the Serbian when he defeated him. Stoppa.

The news about defeating a grandmaster and it feels amazing,” Ashwath told CNN Sports, struggling to keep a smile on Zoom.

“I am proud of my game and the way I played. I felt amazing, absolutely incredible,” says Ashwath, who started playing chess when he was only four years old and soon fell in love with the “really fun” game.

His journey began when his parents introduced him to ChessKid.Com – an online platform for kids to learn about the game – as a way to make the most of the inevitable hours their son spent in front of the screen. As a way.

Ashwath was then given a chess board and it was not long before he started beating his parents and grandparents.

When Ashwath is asked what makes him so good at chess, he says, “I practice a lot every day.” “A lot of kids have natural talent, so I think I have natural talent in chess, too.”

 

big dreams

Making a name for himself at the youth level – notably becoming the World Under-8 Rapid Champion in 2022 – Ashwath wants to reach the top of the game, according to Chess.Com.

 

When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said without hesitation, “A world champion,” before adding, “It’s going to take a while.” “It won’t come quickly.”

 

Ashwath speaks passionately and eloquently about chess and says that he never panics when playing against opponents who have decades more experience than him.

 

Ashwath says that he does not get nervous while playing against opponents who are older than him. – Carlton Lim/Singapore Chess Federation

 

Given his rapid development as a chess player, Ashwath is different from most eight-year-olds, but, in many ways, he is just like any other child his age.

 

He says he spends his time away from the board playing with Lego, riding bikes, and visiting his friends, whom he says have all been very supportive of his new chess career.

 

proud parents

With the help of his parents, Ashwath also streams some of his games and puzzles online and set up a YouTube channel where he has previously showcased his skills.

 

The youngster is also excited to impart his knowledge as he continues to learn his trade. His four-year-old brother is inspired by his elder brother’s passion and watches Ashwath practice with keen interest.

 

Ashwath’s parents have been a bit surprised by their children’s interest in chess, describing the experience as “surreal”.

 

“It started when we were looking for something to keep [Ashwath] occupied,” Ramachandran tells CNN Sports.

 

“We are so proud of him. We have seen how much effort he puts in. He is passionate about the game and we are ready to support him as long as he wants.

 

“It feels amazing for her to achieve something so big and at such a young age. We are full of pride.”

 

After his record-breaking tournament in Switzerland, Ashwath is now getting some time to recover.

 

But it won’t be long until he’s out competing in tournaments around the world, as he continues his mission to become the next big thing in sports.

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