Good Sports: YOUNG CHESS CHAMP
Nikhil Kumar, an eighth grader at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, was ranked 25th among the 137 students from 36 countries who competed in the under-12 division at the World Cadets Chess Championship in Batumi, capital of the Georgian republic of Adjara—but he managed to win the gold medal.
He won eight matches and tied three on his way to the championship, including a victory over India’s Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, the top-ranked player in the world, who at age 10 became the youngest ever chess International Master.
“Becoming the world chess champion seemed like a dream just a few months ago but hard work made this dream become a reality,” Kumar said. “When I was at the podium and the national anthem was played, I felt that I represented the country and Team USA well.”
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