In a phenomenal accomplishment, 13-year-old Advait Bagri of Singapore won a bronze medal in the recently concluded World Schools Chess Championships in Albania.
This victory comes for Singapore after years!
Advait, who is a trainee at the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) in Singapore, secured a podium finish in the tournament which saw a total of 400 candidates participate from around 40 countries.
A seventh grade student at UWCSEA East, Singapore, Advait played the best performance of his career so far as he scored 6.5 points out of nine and made his way to the podium in the U-13 category. En route to his bronze, he also got the better of the third seeded Fide Master Zhukov Maksim of Russia who has 2030 Elo points to his name. His fierce resilience, grit and determination were the keys to his success. Advait has the ability to maintain composure in the toughest of positions.
Advait, who has an international rating of 1939 Elo points lauded the Singapore Chess Federation for their proactive and progressive approach. He dedicated this historic achievement of his to his coaches Meher and Balaji at the SMCA. He also expressed gratitude to his parents who stood by him in this journey. “Advait is a combination of intellect and sensitivity. His ability to work hard and his dedication inspires me”, says his Mother Pooja.
One of the reasons for Advaits success in chess is his ability to calculate positions at a high speed, which is an important aspect of the sport. Besides, he also possesses an ability of analyzing the typical middle game positions in great detail, which makes him a strong contender for a podium finish in any competition.
SMCA chief coach, Fide Master Balaji Guttula was full of praise." Advait has excellent temperament, he recalls long sequence of moves with ease and he's always ready to experiment novelties in crucial battles.His biggest asset is his time management, he ensures every minute is being utilised well".Balaji said
Advait has been on a dream run since last year where he had won the U-12 National Chess Championship in Singapore. With this form, the youngster is set for bigger and better things this year as well