The chessworld is “all agog” about the youngest player to ever upset a Grand Master – 9 year old Hetul Shah –
New Delhi (IANS): Nine-year old Hetul Shah created history in the first round of the seventh Parsvnath International Open Chess tournament, defeating Grand Master Nurlan Ibrayev of Kazakhstan on Sunday.
…Hetul was a class act Sunday afternoon as he not only recorded his biggest victory but also ensured a name in the record books. Hetul is the youngest ever to beat a Grandmaster, bettering the Indian record set up by Parimarjan Negi by more than a year.
The Hindustan Times gives us this player profile –
He is fiercely competitive and loves challenges. But what sets this nine-year-old apart from the rest of the young players doing the rounds of chess tournaments in the country is his confidence and disregard for reputation.
…”I have never beaten a GM before, so it’s a momentous occasion for me,” said Shah, a fourth standard student of DPS, Ahmedabad. “All that I did was believed in my game. I was a pawn up in the opening itself and by the middlegame I had two-pawn advantage. All that I needed to do was play safe and I managed to win.”
Shah got hooked on to the sport after seeing his sister Charmi play. “I play with her most of the time,” he said.
But, my fav source is this link. It’s great for (a) chess nerds who enjoy snarky play by play commentary and (b) the rest of us who think the picts of little desi kids beating up on older chess players is sorta cute.