Mumbai: Mumbai-born Dev Shah (8) is a wonder kid. The former World Schools Chess champion has added another feather to his illustrious cap. On November 13, Dev got the National Child Award for Excellence from none other than President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi. Truly, this is a huge honour for this student of Dhirubhai Ambani International School. He is the youngest boy from Mumbai to get this award.
Dev Shah is a boy with many firsts. He is the first boy from Mumbai to win the World Schools Chess title (Brazil, 2014). Dev Shah won silver medal in the FIDE World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship (Greece, 2015). Sachin Tendulkar had congratulated him after he won the World Schools Chess Championship. He has also been felicitated by Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis at the latter's official residence, Varsha Bunglow and BJP patriarch LK Advani at his Prithvi Raj Road residence in New Delhi.
A trainee of South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA), Dev Shah is also the youngest Indian to be a rated player. Dev practises rigorously under his coach DV Ganesh who has high hopes in his student and is optimistic of making him the youngest Grandmaster from India.