Chess prodigy is Scotland’s best

Chess champ
Chess champ

A nine-year-old chess player from Bearsden made all the right moves recently to make it into the finals of the world’s largest chess competition.

Ritvik Maheshwari was one of the last 250 competitors in the ‘Terafinal’ of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge at Loughborough in England.

And Ritvik, a pupil at the High School of Glagow Junior School in Bearsden, was the only child from Scotland in his age group to reach the final.

Over 50,000 school pupils took part in the 2015 competition, which had four stages over the last six months to test the UK’s top junior chess players.

Ritvik won through from the West of Scotland Megafinal to the Northern Gigafinal in July in Manchester in July, where he competed against youngsters from Ireland, Scotland and the north of England.

His points score - 4.5 points out of 6 - put him joint third in the Gigafinal and put him through to Challenger Section of the Terafinal.

Ritvik said: “I really enjoy the challenge of playing chess.

“I am very pleased I have done really well this year in the competitions.

“Next year I am hoping to get through to be a ultimo chess player in the chess championships.”

Ritvik, a primary six pupil, owes his success to learning to play chess from his brother.

He started playing about five years ago, and he also plays chess regularly in the Junior High School of Glasgow Chess Club and Bearsden Chess Club.

Karen Waugh, headteacher at the Junior High School in Bearsden, said: “We are delighted that Ritvik did in well in the UK Schools Chess Challenge.

“It is quite an achievement for a nine year old to reach the last 250 in what is a very competitive competition with excellent chess players from schools all over Britain.”

The Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge was formerly the British land UK Chess Challenge.

The Chess Challenge begins every spring term.