Eight-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Becomes Youngest Player to Beat a Grand Master

Meet Ashwath Kaushik. He’s an 8 year old who has all the right moves. In fact, the Singaporean player defeated 37-year-old Polish chess grandmaster Jacek Stopa in the fourth round of the Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open in Switzerland over the weekend.

By doing so report At the age of 8 years, 6 months and 11 days, he broke the record for being the youngest player to win a Grandmaster in a classical match.

“I felt really excited and great and I felt proud of my game and the way I played, especially because I had a bad moment but I managed to bounce back from that,” Indian-born Ashwath told the magazine. Ta.

He now joins the prestigious list of young talents who have defeated Grandmasters under the age of 10, building on the talents previously admired for noble pursuits.

Born in India, Ashwath has lived in Singapore with his family for six years. He had already made a name for himself by winning his three gold medals in his under-8 category at the 2022 East Asian Youth Championships. He was only 6 years old when he cleared that hurdle.

In the same year, there were no international events held in Singapore, so he actively played on different continents, the paper reported. A notable achievement is that he became the World Under-8 Rapid Champion in 2022, when he was only two years old before the age limit. It was also the point at which his father realized his great talent.

“Until then we had no idea how he would perform at the world level,” Kaushik Sriram told

That question is now resolved.

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