Indian world-class chess champ had no money once
R Praggnanandha, a 12-year-old boy from Tamil Nadu, recently became the 2nd youngest Grandmaster in history. Described as a child prodigy, he is the youngest Grandmaster alive in the world after he defeated Italy's home favourite Grandmaster Luca Moroni Jr the other day.
Praga, as the champion is fondly called, started showing interest in chess right when he was 3.5 years old. His father Rameshbabu is a physically-challenged bank employee, who couldn't afford to send his son to coaching classes for want of money. By then, the boy's elder sister, Vaishali, had been an International Master in chess. Since so much had already been spent on Vaishali, Praga's classes couldn't be afforded by his parents.
However, the boy's never-say-die-spirit made his father decide to do whatever it takes to encourage his talent. Eventually, with proper guidance, Praga could perfect the intelligent game. Even now, he practices chess for more than six hours every single day.