Windsor boasts some of world's best young chess players

Ten Windsor kids are heading to the World Youth Championships in Dubai in December.
In December Windsor will be sending a record number of players to the World Youth Chess Championship in Dubai. And almost every day of the week, you will find young players in our city checkmating their opponents. 2:33

Ten Windsor kids are heading to the World Youth Championships in Dubai in December.

Rohan Talukdar is one of them. He is the second best chess player under age 10 in Canada.

"I like the strategy and the tricks that you can do on your opponents," he said.

This will be Talukdar's second appearance at the world championships.

It's an accomplishment his mother saw coming since he was a toddler.

"He's very good in math. At three years old, he's doing ... multiplication, division, and, maybe, I think, he'll be good at chess. And slowly he beat everybody," his mother Mayuri Talukdar said.

Vladimir Drkulec, president of the Chess Federation of Canada, is the local coach partly credited with Windsor's world chess success.

But he says he's just imparting the wisdom he's gleaned from a grand master in Russia.

The two play against each other online and talk strategy using Skype.

"In the last few years, we've been working with them to help them improve and now people are a little bit worried when they play Windsor players," Drkulec said.

Drkulec said the the skills used in chess are also relevant in everyday life.

"Chess is an activity that helps children learn how to concentrate and it also teaches them their actions have consequences. It's an activity most children should at least participate in for awhile and the ones that become interested in it," Drkulec said.

"It's a focusing game. You have to focus very much on the board and you have to think a lot," Rohan Talukdar said. "And you have to be patient. It's a patient game."

Drkulec said he hopes some of Windsor's best young chess players go on and become grand masters and international masters.

Rohan is on his way. But first, he has lofty goals for the championships.

"I'm going win," he said.


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