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In full grip Revanth Reddy with coach Jaganmohan
In full grip Revanth Reddy with coach Jaganmohan

With his opening moves well defined, Revanth Reddy is ready to tackle theTurkey World Championship

An Asian chess champion is looking for support to pursue his studies. This may sound incredible, but Gouru Venkata Revanth Reddy, gold medal winner of the Asian under-8 age group championship in UAE recently, is facing this predicament.

He made his maiden Asian championship memorable, a featwhich helped Revanth qualify for the World championship in Turkey in November.

This seven-year-old exciting talent, whose parents hailed originally from Sankarapuram village in Prodattur mandal in Kadapa, is gunning for bigger glory under the guidance of his coach P. Jaganmohan.

For someone who won the National under-7 title, Revanth feels the latest triumph is just what he was looking for ahead of the big league.

“He is very good in middle game and for his age, has the rare ability to play four-hour games consistently,” points out his coach. Scoring 8\9 in the Asian championship, his feat is widely deemed as the beginning of a new chapter for Andhra chess. “Revanth has the potential to make it big. Once at the board, nothing can deter him,” insists his coach.For his part, Revanth, whose loves d4 opening (a move in chess), is working overtime to improve his openings repertoire. His seventh round win over Vietnamese player Nguyen Toan Hoan Nam in King’s Indian Defence in the Asian Meet was referred as one of the better games in this age group category.

Not a regular school student for various reasons, Revanth loves to try his hand on the chess board for six hours daily. A fascination which his parents- G.V.Subba Reddy and G.Vijayalakshmi - hope will take their son places.

For the regulars in the chess circuit, Revanth is already a star attraction for his impish behaviour off the board and the high level of concentration when playing. Right now he is not worried even to name the openings and lines of defence. For him, the focus is to keep improving and winning. This chess prodigy is the only big name in the sport from Rayalaseema.

When his father asked curiously what will be his present to him, Revanth promptly replied: The world under-8 title in Turkey! Who knows, that can well be a reality given his talent and commitment.

V.V. S.

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