Reigning world youth silver medallist , dev shah of dhirubhai Ambani school added another feather to his illustrious cap by winning the silver medal in the U-9 National Age group chess championships concluded at CT public school Jalandhar yesterday.
This reigning Under-9 Maharashtra state champion & former world schools chess champion narrowly missed the gold in a nerve biting tie breaker with Sahil dey of Assam where both had an uniform score of 9.5 points each at the end of 11 gruelling rounds.
Podium finish at the Indian National Age group chess championship is the standard at which all other successes in chess are measured in India, A total of 157 boys across different states of India have participated in this ultimate chess championships held from 22nd August to 30th August.
This second standard student also caused the biggest upset in the championship by beating top seed Bharath Subrahmanyam(ELO 1885) of chennai, the reigning U-8 world youth chess champion who eventually finished at third position with 9 points behind the winner & the runner up , this is Devs second silver medal at the Indian National age group championships earlier he won in 2014 In U-7 category at kolkata.
Ever since dev initiated into the world of chess he has personified perfection with unparalleled success of winning several medals in the most reputable chess tournaments across the world, the most notable ones are his silver medal finish at the ultimate world youth chess championships last year at Greece, gold at the world schools chess championships in Brazil and Gold at the commonwealth championships in glasgow ,Scotland.
Also with a FIDE rating of 1738 elo points, dev is one of the top 10 players across the globe amongst his compeers.
Dev shah is the only chess player after vishwanathan anand to win adulation from the cricket god sachin Tendulkar who gifted him with a copy of his autobiography "playing it my way" when dev won the world schools chess championship in 2014
Devs goal is to become one of youngest grandmasters in India who started playing competitive chess since the age of 5 where he set a new record by being the double gold medalist at the Asian schools chess champpionships in New Delhi in 2013.
Dev's coach at SMCA, DV Ganesh exudes confidence by saying that dev has a potential to make a mark in this game and he will certainly become the next grandmaster from Mumbai with a record of being the youngest from our country.
Now dev will be part of Indian chess squad that will represent our country in the world youth cadets chess championships to be held in Georgia next month.