Meet Tejas Tiwari, the youngest FIDE-rated player!
Tejas Tiwari is a 5-year-old boy living in Haldwani, Uttarakhand - also known as Devbhoomi. Tejas has just become the youngest FIDE rated player in the world! He currently has a FIDE Rating of 1149. Sharing this information on their social media channels yesterday, the International Chess Federation confirmed that currently Tejas is the youngest player in the world to achieve a FIDE Rating. Born on 25th December 2017, Tejas received his FIDE Rating on 1st June 2023, and was then aged 5 years 5 months and 7 days! This little boy was one of the players who participated in ChessBase India's first chess camp at Bhopal. Even in this tender age, he practices chess for 3-4 hours every day! Get to know more about Tejas in this article below.
Tejas Tiwari, World's youngest FIDE-Rated Chess player
It is said that talent has nothing to do with age. A big proof of this is Tejas Tiwari, a 5-year-old chess player born in Haldwani, Uttarakhand. At the age of just 3.5 years, he held chess pieces in his hands for the first time! Learning the nuances of this game from his father, this boy rose rapidly - by the time he was 4 years old, he started playing in district and state level chess tournaments! At the age of 4, Tejas fascinated everyone by winning the title of 'Youngest Chess Player' from Uttarakhand.
Tejas has won many titles like "Golden Boy" and "Youngest star" in chess competitions organized outside his state Uttarakhand - in Bengaluru (Karnataka), Udaipur (Rajasthan), Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Hyderabad (Telangana), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) to name a few.
In March 2022, in the 16th Uttarakhand State Open Chess Competition organized by the Uttarakhand Chess Association, Tejas Tiwari became the Uttarakhand State Champion by getting first place in the Under 08 category! At the age of 5, Tejas Tiwari has participated in 5 National Chess Tournaments so far - held at Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), New Delhi and Hosur (Tamil Nadu).
Young Tejas has made his state proud in many occasions. Most recently, he has qualified for the Asian School Chess Championships! He was selected for this tournament by winning the Under-5 age category of National School Chess Championships held at Bhubaneswar (Orissa), and winning the Under-6 section at National Schools 2023 held at Hosur, Tamil Nadu.
Recently, in the first Late Dhiraj Singh Raghuvanshi Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament held at Rudrapur, Tejas got his FIDE rating. He played some amazing chess, scoring 4 draws and 2 wins!
Check out two of the games played by India's latest prodigy:
We are proud that Tejas took part in the first ever ChessBase India Chess Camp, held in Bhopal at March 2023! FI Niklesh Jain and WIM Angela Franco were the coaches who conducted this camp for 5 days, concluding with a test and a rapid tournament to judge how much the players learned during the camp.
Tejas learned the game from his father Sharad Tiwari, who himself is fond of chess and used to play for his university in his younger days. He constantly travels with Teja to all tournaments! To this day, Tejas does his preparation everyday with his father. Besides this, he is taking training from Neeraj Shah at school. The Head of ChessBase India Hindi, FIDE instructor Niklesh Jain also guides him from time to time!
ChessBase India wishes Tejas a bright future in his chess career and life!
This article was translated by Himank Ghosh