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Kuwait's own 7 Year old Chess prodigy - Master Mithilesh Ranjithkumar

Deepika Nambiar Tuesday, September 10, 2019

At an age where children are just learning to accomplish their daily tasks with the help of their parents and school teachers, we have Master Mithilesh Ranjithkumar here, who just 7 years old is winning accolades as a Junior Chess Master!

This 2nd standard student of Gulf Indian School - Fahaheel, Master Mithilesh, achieves great heights within 6 month when he first started learning the game. Today this Young Under-7 Chess player has achieved international rating in blitz and classic, where classic rating is 1222 and Blitz is 1241. He ranks 44 in the world, 20 in Asia and 3 in India. Attended many international tournaments, he was the best U-7 player in Athens of East 1st International Grand Master Open Chess Tournament held at Tamil Nadu and ranked 5th in August 2019. He has played in Bangkok international chess tournament 2019 and was awarded "The Best Youngest Player".

Under-7 tournament is the first stepping stone where a chess player is introduced to the game at a competition level. Chess needs a lot of concentration, strategic planning, thinking and tatics to play. All these abilities can be seen at a very young age in Mithilesh.

Believe it or not, Master Mithilesh started learning chess exactly six months back in Kuwait. He started learning Chess under Ms Valliammai Saravanan, FIDE Instructor & FIDE Arbiter, who is conducting regular chess classes at 'Gurukul, Salmiya', from past 6 months. "We have noticed that he always watched the game of chess in TV and try himself by jumping on the floors like chess moves. So we decided to teach him chess and enrolled him at Salmiya Gurukul," his proud mother Mrs Shanti, who is a housewife in Kuwait said. His father Mr Ranjithkumar is a Quality Engineer at Wood Company. They both hail from Tamilnadu in India.

Earlier he participated in Rapid chess Tournament in Kuwait which was conducted by in Association with Kuwait Indian Chess Association (KICA). First tournament was held in November 2018 and the other in February 2019 at Gurukul, Salmiya. In both the Tournaments he was awarded "The Best Youngest Player".

Mithilesh also plays Blindfold chess. Blindfold chess is a form of chess play wherein the player do not see the positions of the pieces or touch them. This forces the player to maintain a mental model of the positions of the pieces. Moves are communicated via a recognized chess notation. This needs a lot of calculation/visualization and memory to play. Blindfold Chess is mainly played by players of 15 yrs of age and above. In a recent event at Gurukul Salmiya, Mithilesh successfully completed 15 moves in a Blindfold chess. "I imagine the Chess Board and the coins in my mind and memories the moves", he said.

Mithilesh hails from Tamilnadu, India. At this tender age, his parents are able to nurture his raw talent. Let us hope that it will transform him to achieve much bigger success.

Deepika Nambiar is a Freelance writer. Currently working for Lemonade International as Administrative Manager. She is part of the IIK Team and IWIK Core Team.Does regular contributions to the news portal and also for
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Monday, February 3, 2020
Well Done Mithilesh...... IIK pls do take initiative to conduct more chess tournaments in this year (2020). By the way if any one knows about upcoming chess tournaments in year 2020 pls do let me know.

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Congrats Mithilesh....He is doing what other greats have done in their childhood chess career!!

I am a hobby chess player, looking for occasional games, kindly let me know if anyone is available..

sabari kumaran
Saturday, November 2, 2019
congratulations Mithilesh...!

dear iik members,

Can anyone tell me is there any open chess tournaments being conducted in Kuwait (age 30 and above), if so how can find such tournaments and how to register to participate.. please guide.

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Congrats my dear son, ther is no words to appreciate your efforts. Your mummy will be organising a chess tournament at her polytechnic college on Feb-2020,
Suthanthira trophy 2020. Your participation will be expected.

Ranjithkumar Sundaram
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Thank you to all for the kind wishes.

Ranjithkumar Sundaram
Monday, September 16, 2019
Congratulations to Mithi and Wish you all the success and high achievements in for the upcoming task and thank you so much Valliamai Mam for the great effort and motivation.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Well Done Master.
Every one is congratulating his parents, Dnt miss to congratulate his mentor who has put lots of efforts in this.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Wish you all the success ang high achievements in future.really we have a no words to express our son''s fabulous winnings, only says to thank god for everything.

Mythili Sundaresan
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
A big Congratulations to Mithilesh and his parents.

Balamurugan Palraj
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Congrats...Future Grand Master.... God be with you to achieve more heights in life.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Congratulation Mithilesh.......

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Congrats Mithilesh.
Big salute to his parents.


Palaniappan subramanian
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Congratulations !!!! Mithilesh

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Congratulations champ...
may God give u all the success..

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Congratulation Mithilesh. Also, I appreciate their parent''s efforts behind his success.

God Bless you.

Raju Jeevan
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
You''re a superstar! May today''s success be the beginning of tomorrow''s achievements.
Congratulation to Mr.Ranjith and Shanti

Rajagopal.D Dhamodharaponraj
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Congratulation Mithilesh.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Well done Master. Mithilesh, Wishing you all the best for a bright future, God bless you with many more awards.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The kid is really talented. Hope he becomes one more Viswanathan Anand from Tamilnadu and brings glory to his country.

Jai Hind

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