Vaibhav Suri, another teen following in Anand`s footsteps

New Delhi: Viswanathan Anand has inspired
many a chess dreams across the country and 13-year-old Vaibhav
Suri, one of them, is in tremendous hurry to get his
Grandmaster norm and follow in his idol`s footsteps.

The Delhi boy has already earned one of the three
Grandmaster norms needed to become a GM and he wants to clinch
the remaining two in super quick time.

"I just want to be like him (Viswanathan Anand) and would
like to meet him," Vaibhav told reporters.

"Right now, I am preparing for my second and third GM
norms and complete the requirements of the title by getting
2500 plus ELO rating points," added the eighth grader, who
practises four-and-half hours every day on his computer.

The youngster is not just hooked to chess but is also
fond of football, Argentine sensation Lionel Messi being his

The Modern School student has been playing chess since
the age of three and was declared the best player in an
Under-10 FIDE rated tournament held in July 2006.

Later, he won a gold medal in the Under-nine category at
the Singapore Asian School Games held in December the same
year, his mother Vandana said.

Vaibhav attained his first GM norm last month in Orissa
when he defeated Bangladeshi Grandmaster Enamul Hossain.

Apart from Anand, Vaibhav also idolises Norwegian chess
wizard Magnus Carlsen, who is currently the world number one.

"His coaches are very optimistic about his future and
they feel it is his hard work which is paying off," added

Vaibhav conceded that the rigorous practice affect his
studies but he tries to catch up in the free time.

"It does interfere with his studies in some way, but we
try to catch up during summer vacations. Also, school supports
us in a great way," says Vandana.

Vaibhav is now looking forward to participate in the U-13
nationals scheduled from June 26 to July 5.



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