It's all about mind games, isn't it? Success, many a time, is decided by brains rather than brawns. Meet Girish Kaushik, a young chess wizard from the city, who is not just a promising asset for the state, but for the country as well. Gifted with impeccable authority over the chequered board, the 14 year old assumed the dream title 'World Champion' not too long ago when he emerged victorious at the World Youth U-10 Chess Championship hels at Bataumi, Georgia, on 18th and 19th of October, 2006.
They say 'Charity begins at home'. Girish's case was no exception. That his first encounter with the black and white army game was at the tender age of 3, courtesy his father Arun V Kaushik, a professional chess player himself, speaks volumes about the role played by his genes. Nevertheless, you dare not take away anything from
the boy and his achievements. He stormed into the competetive arena at the U-7 Karnataka State Chess Championship held at Shimoga in the year 2004, and struck Gold straightaway.
It was time for some more glory back home. He won the U-9 Karnataka State Chess Championship at Mysore in the year 2005. He then extended his empire to Asian circuit when he was crowned champion at the U-8 Parsvanath Asian Youth Chess Championship organised by FIDE at New Delhi in the year 2005 and went on win his maiden National Level Championship at the National U-9 Chess Championship held at Solapur, Maharashtra in the year 2006. His undefeated streak at the National U-11 Chess Championship at Calicut, Kerala, saw him continue his authority over the National Chess territory in the following year as well.
Girish now wanted to conquer Asia again and did it quite comprehensively at the Asian Youth U-10 Chess Championship held in the year 2007 at Al-Ain, UAE. He carried forward his impeccable form with the chess board into the Commonwealth Chess Championship held at New Delhi in December the same year, winning it consequently, thereby achieving yet another milestone in his ever growing journey of success. He re-lived the ecstasy of being an Asian champion yet again at the Asian Youth U-12 Chess Championship, this time at Tehran, Iran, in the year 2008. Other victories in the same year include the National Level U-11 Chess Championship at Ahmedabad, Telegraph National U-11 Chess Championship at Kolkata, and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Chess Championship at Nagpur.
The wizkid is now referred to as FIDE Master, a title not many assume at such a tender age. He now has his sight set firmly on the day when he will be referred to as the 'Grand Master' which is pretty much a distinct possibility, the way the guy has went about his career. However, one saddening aspect is the unfulfilled promise made by the Government to him regarding monetary aids. Girish needs sponsorships to see his career take off to greater heights from here, and it is disheartening to note that he has not recieved a single pie from the authorities which was promised to him.
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