Chess player Rudolph Spielmann once said “Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.”. For a normal 7-years-old kid, their everyday life includes going to school and spending time with friends but Mumbai lad Jaivardhan Raj is already ruling the chess board like a king.
Recently the 7-year-old did remarkably well in all the three formats – Rapid, Blitz & Standard to win 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Western Asian Chess Tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In the Rapid Format, he produced some decent results, but after a loss to World No.3 CM Begmuratov, Khumoyun of Uzbekistan (ELO 1685 points) and a draw he finished with 5.5 points enough to earn a silver. In the Standard Format he scored 6.5 out of 9 points to win the silver medal. In the Blitz Format, he also managed 6.5/9 points which was good enough for him to earn the bronze medal.
The second standard student of the Jamnabai Narsee School is just a year old into his chess journey but has already got valuable experience in competitions. After this performance, Jaivardhan is entitled to receive the title of Candidate Master (CM) from the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
The youngster is currently ranked 1st in India, 8th in Asia and 24th in the world in the Under-7 category.