8 year old Indian origin child Ashwath Kaushik defeated Polish Grandmaster in chess, made a record

Singapore. Eight-year-old Singaporean Indian-origin Ashwath Kaushik became the youngest player to defeat a grandmaster in classical chess by defeating Polish chess grandmaster Jacek Stopa at the Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open tournament in Switzerland on Sunday. According to Channel News Asia, Ashwath, representing Singapore, defeated 37-year-old Stopa.

The previous record was set just a few weeks ago when Serbia’s Leonid Ivanovic defeated 60-year-old Grandmaster Milko Popchev of Bulgaria at the Belgrade Open. Ivanovich is a few months older than Ashwath. Ashwath, ranked world number 37,338 in the FIDE world rankings, came to Singapore in 2017. He said, “I am proud of my game and the way I performed, especially when I was in a very bad situation at one time but managed to come back from there.

Singapore Grandmaster and Singapore Chess Federation CEO Kevin Goh praised Ashwath’s achievement, writing on ‘X’, “His father has been very supportive, the boy is dedicated, the school has shown flexibility and he certainly has natural talent. “It remains to be seen how far he can go as a boy’s interests may change as he grows older,” she wrote. Still we are hopeful.

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