Kolkata: It was a dream-come-true moment for chess wizard Avyaay Garg (6). A product of South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA), Avyaay won the coveted gold medal in the Under-8 category and he received the medal from his favourite Shraddy Mausi aka Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor (a childhood friend of Avyaay’s mother) at the All India Interschool SMCA online Chess Championship that concluded last week.
A standard II student of Aditya Birla World Academy, Avyaay has already proved he has it in him for a longer run.
Avyaay’s mother Fazaa Shroff Garg introduced him to chess when he was just three. She also doubled up as his first coach. Avyaay’s maternal grandparents gifted him his first chessboard. Now as his mother puts it, he “eats, breathes and sleeps chess”.
“He didn’t have to be pushed towards chess rather once he got into the game, it became his obsession,” Fazaa informs The Lateralz.
At such a tender age, Garg, an ardent follower of the legendary Vishwanathan Anand, aspires to be a GM and kudos to his ambitions.
His coach Veeresh says, “He is very hardworking and a quick learner. He joined the South Mumbai Chess Academy in March and it was no rocket science to spot his qualities. Within 6 months he went on to win the Under-8 tournament. We are also thankful to his school for backing him throughout. The authorities respect the importance of sports and have been a great source of support.”
The pandemic has created havoc impeding normal life, but Veeresh is keen on taking Avyaay to Europe to hone his skills. Avyaay’s mother justifiably gives all credit to Veeresh for polishing her son’s acumen with an eye on the big stage.
“Avyaay is very kind, shy and sensitive. He is an introvert but if he gets comfortable around people he can be a smooth talker. Avyaay also loves football, cycling and music,” says Fazaa whose twin daughter, Araaya is more hooked to ballet.
God gives you some unique qualities, but it’s up to you to make the most of them and Avyaay hopefully isn’t oblivious to it.