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Indian-origin boy Ashwath Kaushik, 8, becomes youngest to beat grandmaster

Eight-year-old Indian-origin Chess Sensation Stuns the Chess World at Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open

In Short

  • Indian-origin Ashwath Kaushik has become the youngest chess player to beat a grandmaster
  • Ashwath Kaushik – who is eight and six months old – beat Polish grandmaster Jacek Stopa
  • Ashwath Kaushik became a World Under-Eight Rapid Champion in 2022

Eight-year-old Ashwath Kaushik, a budding chess genius of Indian origin currently residing in Singapore, has etched his name in the annals of chess history by achieving a groundbreaking milestone. In a dazzling display of strategic prowess, Ashwath emerged victorious against seasoned Polish grandmaster Jacek Stopa during the Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open in Switzerland, a prestigious tournament that attracts participants from across the globe.

Ashwath’s triumph not only highlights his prodigious talent but also shatters the previous record held by Leonid Ivanovic from Serbia. Notably, Ivanovic, another young chess sensation, had set the record just a month earlier by defeating grandmaster Milko Popchev. However, Ashwath’s achievement is all the more impressive as he has now claimed the title of the youngest player ever to defeat a grandmaster in a classical chess tournament.

The Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open witnessed Ashwath’s strategic brilliance as he outplayed his more experienced opponent, leaving the chess community in awe of his skills. This accomplishment follows Ashwath’s earlier success in 2022 when he secured the title of World Under-Eight Rapid Champion, solidifying his status as a rising star in the world of chess.

The chess world eagerly awaits the next moves of this young prodigy, whose remarkable achievements at such a tender age are sure to inspire aspiring chess players worldwide. Ashwath Kaushik’s journey continues to captivate enthusiasts, showcasing the limitless potential that can emerge from the unlikeliest of contenders.

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