Delhi chess prodigy looks upto Carlsen

Chess is synonymous with Viswanathan Anand in India but eight-year-old Commonwealth under-10 champion Aryan Chopra prefers to look elsewhere for inspiration and considers Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen his idol.

Last Updated: May 27, 2010, 13:21 PM IST

New Delhi: Chess is synonymous with
Viswanathan Anand in India but eight-year-old Commonwealth
under-10 champion Aryan Chopra prefers to look elsewhere for
inspiration and considers Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen his
idol.

The Delhi-based player, who is aspiring to become a
Grandmaster as quickly as he can, looks upto the 18-year-old
Carlsen, who is the third youngest GM in the history of the
game and is currently the world number one.

In fact, Aryan considers Carlsen "the Super Grandmaster."

"I idolise Carlsen. He rose from a humble background and
fought against all difficulties to be an achiever at a very
young age," he said.

Interestingly, Carlsen was in Anand`s team when the
Indian star beat Bulgaria`s Veselin Topalov to retain the
World title earlier this month.

Aryan`s triumph in Commonwealth Championships came just a
few days after Anand`s win over Topalov. The youngster`s
mother said Aryan put in upto eight hours of practice everyday
to clinch the gold medal.

"It was a continuous process. After March, he started
preparing for the game. For two months, six to eight hours of
practice everyday was part of his preparation for the big
day," the eight-year-old`s mother Mamta Chopra told reporters.

After clinching the gold medal in the under-10 category,
the little champion`s next target is the coveted Grandmaster
norm.

A minimum of 2,600 Elo points are needed to attain the
Grandmaster norm. National and international tournaments
scheduled for this year are on his radar too.

The child prodigy also wants to be a world champion and
he wants to keep the title for as long as possible like Anand.

When asked about his style on the board, Aryan said, "I
play tactical and attacking games."

Aryan`s tryst with the 64 square board began two years
ago when his family friends introduced him to chess.

The child developed the interest for the game over these
two years, informed his mother. "Since the age of six, he had
a knack for the sport. He was curious about the game. He used
to sit with the chessboard and move the pieces," Mamta said.

Aryan Chopra won the gold in under-10 category. Y Grahesh
and Nitish Belurkar were the silver and bronze medallists in
the same category.

PTI