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Indian-Origin Boy, 8, Breaks World Record To Be The Youngest To Defeat A Grandmaster In Classical Chess

An eight-year-old Indian-origin boy defeated Polish chess grandmaster Jacek Stopa at the Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open in Switzerland on Sunday

On Sunday in the Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open in Switzerland, a small kid of Indian descent became the youngest player to ever defeat a grandmaster in classical chess when he overcame Jacek Stopa, a Polish GM. According to a report from Channel News Asia, Singaporean Ashwath Kaushik prevailed over Stopa, who is 37 years old, making him roughly five times his senior. Leonid Ivanovic of Serbia, who is a few months older than Ashwath, set the previous record a few weeks ago at the Belgrade Open by defeating Milko Popchev of Bulgaria, who is 60 years old.

The Indian chess player, who relocated to Singapore in 2017, is currently ranked 37,338th in the world according to FIDE. He boasted, "I felt proud of my game and how I played, especially since I was worse at one point but managed to come back from that." 'X' was a great success for Ashwath, according to Singaporean grandmaster and head of the Singapore Chess Federation Kevin Goh, who said, "Dad is super supportive, boy is dedicated, school allows flexibility and of course he has natural talent."Since a boy's interests can shift as he grows older, it is unclear how far he can progress. We remain optimistic, nevertheless. Additionally, Goh made fun of Ashwath's age, saying that he "needs a booster cushion to reach the other side of the board" at the tender age of eight.

The "many other coaches and supporters" who helped Ashwath along the way were also thanked by him for his success.

Goh is also crossing her fingers that Ashwath's achievements may encourage other kids to take up chess as a sport.

"I think his achievement shows that with the right amount of talent and support, a young player has every chance of achieving success in chess," said Goh.

In 2022, Ashwath caused quite a stir when she won the under-8 Eastern Asia Youth Championship in three different chess variations: classic, fast, and blitz.

When his son shocked Stopa, Sriram Kaushik described it as "one of the proudest moments of my life" in an X post.

"Special thanks to Ashwath's true pillars and his long-term, and often long-suffering coaches who have put up with him for many years through thick and thin," according to a report.

"Puzzle solving certainly (is) at the core of his board success as well," according to him.

Goh claims that Ashwath plans to raise his chess rating and become a candidate master in the near future.

He has his sights set on a strong showing at the FIDE Youth World Cup later this year as well.

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