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Chess Bonanza

It’s a sky full of young Indian stars and superstars, in the world of chess today. Leading this amazing pack are 15-year-old Pentyala Harikrishna, and 14-year-old Koneru Humpy, who have created major records in the last fortnight. Harikrishna became the youngest Commonwealth Chess Champion, and Humpy won the World Junior Chess title, which falls in the under-20 category! Add to...

The First Dream of a Soccer Star

In 1981, Invalappil Mani Vijayan was 12 years old. He sold cold drinks at a football stadium near his home in Thrissur, Kerala, to earn some money for his family. Today he is not only the captain of the Indian football team, he has started a coaching centre at the same football stadium. He wants to help youngsters like...

The Girl who Won the Boys Chess Title

Koneru Humpy will win many chess titles in her career. After each title she will also get many phone calls congratulating her. But there is one phone call she will never forget. It is the call she got from Viswanathan Anand, after she won the World Chess Championship title in the under-12 category, last year. The championship was held in Spain. In...

Viswanathan Anand – The Lightning Kid

Whenever advertisers want a brainy sportstar to talk about their product, very often they think of one name - Viswanathan Anand. A world-class chess champion who was given the name of Lightning Kid because of the speed with which he played. But how are world class champions like Vishy born? For that, ask his mother Sushila. In 1974, when he...

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