This victory comes after a 12 year hiatus when Derek Lim of the Anglo-Chinese School won the competition in Greece, in the U-7 category to become the youngest world chess champion at the age of six in 2006.
Bagri, who is a trainee at the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) in Singapore, secured a podium finish in the tournament which saw a total of 400 candidates participate from around 40 countries.
A seventh grade student of the UWCSEA school, Bagri dished out the best performance of his career so far as he scored 6.5 points out of nine and made his way to the podium in the U-13 category. En route to his bronze, he also got the better of the third seeded Fide Master Zhukov Maksim of Russia who has 2030 Elo points to his name.
Bagri, who has an international rating of 1939 Elo points lauded the Singapore Chess Federation for their proactive and progressive approach. He dedicated this historic achievement of his to his coaches Meher and Balaji at the SMCA.
One of the reasons for his success in chess is his ability to calculate positions at a high speed, which is an important aspect of the sport. Besides, he also possesses an ability of analyzing the typical middle game positions in great detail, which makes him a strong contender for a podium finish in any competition.
SMCA chief coach Balaji Guttula was full of praise. “Advait has a great potential which is evident from his performance in the recent past. He could be Singapore’s next GM,” Balaji said.
Bagri has been on a dream run since last year where he had won the U-12 Open Chess Championship in Singapore. With this form, the youngster is set for bigger and better things this year as well.