When twelve-year-old Karthikeyan Murali, a Chennai boy, won the world under-12 chess championship that took place at Brazil recently, it was the first time ever an Indian has won the title for under-12 category.
Karthikeyan studies in 8th standard at Velammal Matric Hr. Secondary school, at Ponneri, Chennai. On his return form Brazil, Karthikeyan told TSI, "I have been playing chess since sixth standard. My father and mother have good interest in Chess. So naturally I got that interest from them. Whenever I have time, I play chess with my Mother. I won national chess title for under-11 and won Second place in the world under-10 in 2009.”
Karthikeyan is the only son of his parents. His mother, Sundaralakshmi, is a housewife and his father, Murali, is an Assistant Engineer in north Chennai thermal power station.
Deriving inspiration from none other than world champion Viswanathan Anand, Karthikeyan is eager to become grandmaster in Chess. "One day I will win World Championship title. It is my ambition," he says, with a strong resolve in his eyes.
Sharing his gratitude about his coach and sponsors, Karthikeyan says, "I wish to thank my coach, Velayudam sir, who prepared me for international matches. I also thank our Velammal International School which is the other school from the group of schools where I study. It sponsored my trip, coaching and my education."
Karthikeyan was elated when he received a call from his Idol Viswanathan Anand's mother. He is looking forward to receive a call from the Master Anand himself.