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Dhruv Khosla – The Unabated Chess Champion

A state level performer, a national champion, the ultimate experience at the Commonwealth games, and all of this at the mere age of 10 is indeed the mark of a genius. Dhruv Khosla, a Grade VI student of Lotus Valley International School, Noida, has achieved commendable feats and appears to have set heart and foot on his journey towards a career in Chess. At 8 years of age, Dhruv had already kick-started his chess training at home, at the encouragement of his father. Inspired by a family friend who is a federal chess champion, Dhruv and his elder sister, Ishaa Khosla (who is currently a Haryana State Chess champion) had begun their arduous training. Dhruv was further groomed at school by in-house coaches and his tenacious competitive edge was soon realised. While in Grade V, this prodigy hit upon the opportunity to represent CBSE North Zone – I team. Taking it head on, he came out with flying colours, securing the top position, which, in turn, paved his way for the CBSE North Zone National chess event at DPS, Ranchi in November 2018. It was there that Dhruv evinced his infallible passion, bagging his first National award in the U/11 individual category. Ever since, there has been no looking back for Dhruv. He has been competing at an array of coveted Chess tournaments, consistently proving his mettle. He participated in the National Schools Chess Championship in Raipur, Chhattisgarh in April 2019, where he added another feather to his cap by securing the 5th position among 150+ participants in the U/11category. Among Dhruv’s most recent triumphs was the Asian Schools Chess tournament held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 19 to 29 June 2019where he represented India. Among the 20+ countries that participated in the event, our little champ did us proud by securing a Silver Medal in the U/11 category main tournament, earning the title of ‘Candidate Master’ – an exceptional feat at his age. In the previous year, he had added another Silver to his name in the Haryana State Championship. The unstinted support and dedication of Dhruv’s father, Mr. Mohit Khosla certainly deserves commendation here. He has adjusted his entire schedule to work from home in order to give impetus to Dhruv’s training and participation. An all-round sports enthusiast, Dhruv enjoys playing squash as well. He practises Chess for 3 to 4 hours on a regular basis and his teachers are impressed with his ability to balance academics and sports at an age when most students need to be counselled for time management. At the moment, Dhruv is participating in the Commonwealth Chess Championship being held in Delhi from 1 to 7 July 2019. His sincerity and exceptional zeal is sure to inspire millions of young children to try their hands at the game and it can be hoped that at his pace Dhruv Khosla would soon become a force to reckon with in the world of Chess.