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On the path to grandmaster

DNMUM427274 | 12/2/2018 | Author : Dyuti Basu | WC :459

Seven-year-old Jaivardhan Raj speaks to Dyuti Basu about his extraordinary achievements in chess and the road ahead
JUST BEFORE MONDAY
Clack, clack, clack — the sound of chess pieces moving across the board are the only sounds in the comfortably upscale Juhu home where Jaivardhan Raj, aged “seven-and-a-half”, is busy crushing his father Satyam Raj in a game that’s over in less than 20 moves. About two years ago, when he had just begun teaching his son the game, Satyam could have called “checkmate” in three moves. But the pupil has far surpassed the teacher.
Having recently won a bronze and two silver medals in the Western Asian Chess Tournament held in Tashkent from November 16-23, Jai, as his parents call him, currently holds the number one position in Indian’s under-eight category. His motivation is simple. “I like to compete in tournaments, checkmate my opp
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