Karthik – Against All Odds

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The story of K. Venkata Krishna Karthik is an awe-inspiring one. This 27-year-old chess player from Vijayawada lives a life against all odds. He is not a normal human being for he suffers from an acute orthopedic disorder but that problem has not prevented him from pursuing the game of sixty-four squares with passion.

He literally eats, sleeps and breathes chess.

Trained under Sk. Khasim of Global Chess Academy at Mogulrajapuram, Karthik began year 2015 with a bang by emerging winner in the first physically challenged National individual championship that concluded at Tiruchirapalli by bagging six points out of seven rounds.

He defeated four TN players and one each from Karnataka and Pondicherry in the field of 26 players to finish on top. This victory made him eligible to represent India in the 15th IPCA Individual Chess championship to be held at Slovakia from June 17.

Karthik is a victim failed nervous system that forced him lose his vision (right eye) and his head hardly stays on the shoulders – wobbling continuously – owing to detachment of an optical nerve. “We have to appreciate his will power. For Karthik chess is everything,” says Khasim his coach.

Year 2014 was memorable to Karthik (2045) as he won the prestigious gold medal at Commonwealth chess championship at Glasgow (Scotland) and a bronze at the World championship at Apatin – Banja Junakovic, Serbia. Supporting the youngster in his chess journey is institutes like Andhra Cricket Association, Chaitanya Educational Institutes and several unknown philanthropists who wish to remain anonymous. His ultimate aim is to become a Grand Master and earn a job and reduce the burden on his aging parents.

Let us wish him all the best in his future endeavors.



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