Mumbai: Another city chess sensation Kush Bhagat added a new feather to his cap on Tuesday by becoming the Candidate Master, a rare and prestigious title awarded by the world chess federation body (FIDE).
The second standard student of Hill Spring School and a trainee of South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) has been in a great form since the last six months. The campaign started with the Under-7 Maharashtra State Chess Championship 2016 title and continued in the world school Under-7 Blitz tourney where his performance has caught the eyes of every expert.
Seven-year-old Kush made his presence felt in every tournament thereafter with creditable finishes in each format of the game. The highlights of his best show were his triple gold at 1st Western Youth Chess Championship 2016 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Apart from the critics and the entire chess fraternity, FIDE took note of his golden run and bestowed him with this recognition.
Kush's achievement naturally made his SMCA coach Balaji Guttula pleased. "Kush Bhagat rightly deserves this and many more to follow in the days to come," Balaji said.
Kush's mother, Shilpa bhagat, former mrs.india, credited the boy's success to his hard work and the academy's guidance.