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Mumbai Prodigy Dev shah ,now a World Champion! Next Vishy Anand?

A prodigy from Mumbai and India's youngest to become a rated chess player, seven year old dev shah came up with his flash of brilliance that saw him clinch the most prestigious , "world schools title " in the Under-7 category of the world schools chess championships that concluded at Juiz de fora , Brazil this Thursday.

Dev, a trainee of South Mumbai Chess Academy and student of Dhrubhai Ambani School has come a long way for the last four years when he started as just another kid at the age of 3, enrolling in a chess institute, where he showed early signs of great potential which was duly noted and refined into the boy who is now the reigning champion of one of the most coveted titles of the year - The World School's Champion!

On Thursday, at Juiz De Fora as the event came to a close, a new phase begun for Dev who won in the U-7 Category playing chess champions for 27 countries, being the first from Mumbai to ever champion the event. He was among the three who scored the highest score which was a 7.5 points out of 9 tied with Ochirbat lkhahvajamts of Mongolia and Sindarov Islombek of Uzbekistan. However he was ruled the victor on account of a better aggregate score.

With this title he also qualifies to hold the privileged title of Candidate Master, which is awarded by FIDE,with a current international Rating of 1448, dev is one of the finest with a profile that is filled with numerous national and international awards, and is being trained since he was four to become the country's next date player, and his current achievement which will be a significant step towards the goal was a result of strategic training and development of his talent and skill by his team of coaches at SMCA.

His parents Rahul and Krupali Shah residents of Napeansea road ,are undoubtedly the ecstatic and quite deservedly on the top of the world, just like their son and express their bliss with the words," We are proud to be the parents of a World Schools chess Champion!"

The Main coach of dev at SMCA, "DV Ganesh ", has expressed that the faith in his talent was unfailing and he always knew this day would come, and despite the expectation it felt phenomenal.

Whereas, chief coach of SMCA and FIDE master, Balaji guttula says, " When someone like Dev Shah who comes from a city like Mumbai and becomes a World Champion,it is pretty huge accomplishment. And further, it is moments like these which inspire the young talents across the country to explore their talents".

While his parents and coaches are hailing the new, World School's Champion and comparing him to the current young chess sensation , Magnus Carlsen, Dev is vowing to beat Magnus, and he says "Anand is my favorite, his techniques and tips have helped me to win this championship and many more before ", when Anand was in Mumbai last month for the promotion of World Junior Chess Championship, Dev interacted with him and also received his blessings for a successful event.

" Dev will revolutionize chess not only in Mumbai but across the country and bring lots of excitement among younger viewers says the mumbai chess fraternity.

Dev Shah has put his name down in history with his victory and will undoubtedly inspire countless to hope for such herculean feats as they step into a world of their favorite sport.

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