Young Nivaan Khandhadia has won another title. He is as an Arena Candidate Master. Against all odds the youngster is truly blazing a trail.
Its only recently that Nivaan made a podium finish at the 1st All India Below 1600 FIDE Rating Chess Tournament held at Nagpur. He claimed his spot even after missing the first round.
Nivaan dreams of becoming the youngest Grandmaster in the world and his ambition was noticed by Honourable minister of Road Transport and Highways Mr. Nitin Gadkari. Mr. Gadkari felicitated Nivaan and motivated him to work towards his dream.
A grade one student of the Vibgyor High School in Magarpatta, Pune, Nivaan's introduction to the sport came when he was just four-and-half years old by his father Rathin. Having learnt the game in two days, the chess sensation shocked his father with a win over him, on just the third day.
Nivaan trains under the watchful eyes of coach Vishwanath Sandilya at the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) in Koregaon Park Annex branch. Sandilya has all the reasons to be proud looking at the way his young ward has taken giant strides in chess and he believes that the wonder kid possesses the right mindset to rewrite all major records in the sport.
His mother Priti had heaped praise on SMCA and his coaches Balaji and Sandilya as she said, "I want to thank SMCA for leading my son in the right direction. They have been really supportive all this while. Also I would like to thank his coaches Balaji sir and Sandilya sir for providing him with the right kind of guidance-just what he needed to excel in the sport."
Nivaan spends four-five hours a day working on his game and learning how to become better.
With the way, Nivaan is taking strides in the sport, the day isn't far when he fulfills his dream of becoming a Grandmaster.