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​Shreyas Royal, who intends to be World Chess Champion, 2030


Well, perhaps that’s getting a little ahead of ourselves. After all, Shreyas (he prefers ‘Shrez’) is just seven years old right now. But that’s definitely the aim: to be World Champion by the age of 21. And if he achieves it, Shreyas will be (as things stand) the youngest World Chess Champion ever – a year younger than Gary Kasparov, who was 22 when he became (in 1985) the youngest champion so far.


Is Shrez just dreaming? Possibly. But we all have dreams, and many would consider his dream to be a realistic one. After all, having first learned chess (from his dad, Jitendra Singh) at the age of five, he wasted no time in making his young mark on the chess world. In just two short years, he has won a host of titles and awards (see opposite), and he firmly believes this is just the start. Shrez firmly believes that he can, and will, achieve great things in the chess world.


Some facts about Shreyas:


Name: Shreyas Royal

Pet Names: Shrez

Date of Birth: 09th January, 2009

Lives in: London

Education year: 6

School: The Pointer

Started chess at the age of: 5.6 years

Club: Battersea

Favourite pastime (other than chess): Watching TV, football, listening music

Awards & titles

2015 - 2020

  • National U14 West Of England Champion

  • European Youth U8 silver medalists 2017

  • Joint 4th place in World Cadet Chess championship 2017

  • Nominated ECF Player Of The Year 2016-17

  • 51st Hampstead winner in U1900

  • Kent U18 2nd place

  • South of England U11 champion

  • London Junior U10 champion

  • British U8 champion

  • Newham player of the year

  • English Youth U7 champion

  • English Junior Rapidplay U8 champion

  • South & West of England U7, U8 winner

  • Hampstead U135 winner

  • Golders Green U120, 2nd place

  • Docklands Rapidplay U130, 2nd place

  • EPSCA U9 Team winner

  • EPSCA U11, 2nd place

  • Colin Crouch U120, 2nd place with best junior

  • Distinction in Institute chess exam

  • CCF U1300 rapidplay winner

  • Kent U9 Grand prix, 2nd place

  • Kings Place U120, joint 2nd place with most promising junior

  • U7 national Giga final winner

  • And many more school & county prizes….

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