Get-hooked June 11, 2017
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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