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Cerebral palsy no barrier for this international chess champ!

While his friends in school would play cricket, Samarth J Rao, who was born with cerebral palsy, would sit in a corner and watch them quietly.

He would feel left out but there was nothing he could do. He then decided to take on chess and is today a champion. At 18, Samarth has won the bronze medal in the junior category at the 17th International Physically Disabled Chess Association World Individual Chess Championship 2017 in Slovakia held recently.

He is also a bright student and scored over 85% in his exams. Samarth competes with all chess players. He has participated in at least 55 matches and was junior champion at the state-level rapid chess game held at Chitradurga in 2015.

He has now been selected to participate in an international chess meet in the United States this month.

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