PUNE: Wonder kid Nivaan Khandhadia from Pune, has created history of sorts by becoming the youngest rated chess player in India, according an SMCA release. The 6-year-old Nivaan with an outstanding rating of 1137 ELO Points, is currently world ranked no.10, according to the May 2018 FIDE rating list released by the World Chess Federation on Tuesday.
The Pune lad had participated in the recently concluded World School Chess Championship held in Albania and was the youngest candidate in the Indian contingent. He, however, did not finish with a high as he scored four points from nine rounds in the Under-7 category, but he is determined to win the title the next season.
A senior KG student of the Vibgyor High School in Magarpatta, Pune, Nivaan’s introduction to the sport came when he was just four-and-half years old by his father Rathin. Having quickly picked up the moves and learnt the various strategies the youngster did not take much time to outsmart his father by winning his first game, just a couple of days after taking up the sport.
Nivaan has also received full backing and support from his school management and his dad Rathin was quick to acknowledge it. “Words can’t describe my excitement at the moment. I would like to thank Vibgyor High school for all their support without which, my son wouldn’t have been able to achieve what he has done today,” said an excited Rathin.
Nivaan trains under the watchful eyes of coach Vishwanath Sandilya at the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) in Koregaon Park. Sandilya has all the reasons to be proud looking at the way his young ward has taken giant strides in chess and he believes that the kid possesses the right mindset to carry on and achieve greater laurels.