Bushey 8-year-old crowned Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge Champion

8-year-old Advit Kumar Credit: Ahmed’s departure

Submitted by Delancey

After months of online competition, the Delancey UK Schools Terafinal chess competition was recently held at Blenheim Palace where the challenge saw 60 players compete on the board for the top spots in their age groups.

A series of marathon matches were held over the weekend on Saturday 9 October and Sunday 10 October and the winners earned their well-deserved victories and chess champion titles.

Advit Kumar, 8, from Bushey, Hertfordshire in Year 4 at Radlett Prep, finished first in the U8 division and won 6/6. He is happy to win the Terafinal Chess Challenge for U8 Delancey UK Schools.

His parents are from Pondicherry, South India, and his coach is Roger Lancaster and he is registered with the Watford Chess Club.

Advit started playing chess at the age of six after his grandmother introduced him to the game. At school, he was an avid member of the chess club where he was coached by Mr. Ravi Kumar IM.

Advait has been fortunate enough to have the experience of several coaches giving him a rich coaching experience and learning many different techniques. He played his first ever chess tournament in St Albans, Hertfordshire in November 2019 where he became an LJCC qualifier.

He has been able to slowly improve his chess skills during lockdown and has participated in several online tournaments with good success including finishing second in the British U8 Standard Championship this year.

Adfait won the Watford U12 U12 event in July this year, and enjoyed playing fast, challenging FIDE-ranked matches in Golders Chess. In addition to finishing second in the U8 Blitz final at UKCC 2021.

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