Child’s gambit: 9-year-old from Delhi makes first move, takes Covid-19 squarely on | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Adhiraaj Sejwal had been infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus as had been his entire family. When recovering from the infection, the nine-year-old saw his family members struggling for medicines, oxygen concentrators and, in particular, to get a hospital bed for his grandmother. When he finally fought back the infection, Sejwal’s one aim was to help those troubled by Covid.
Because he had been learning chess for the past two years, his first resort was the sport. With the assistance of his coach, he organised an online tournament. Sejwal was able to collect Rs 51,000 through donations, and he forwarded the sum to Hemkunt Foundation, a relief organisation that has set up oxygen langars and Covid care centres.
The Covid Relief Chess Tournament, played online on lichess.com on May 23, was a competition for participants in different age categories: under 7, 11 and 15 years. “There were 100 participants overall. We did not charge any entry or registration fees,” said Sejwal, a student at Amity International School in south Delhi’s Saket. “It was up to the participants to donate any sum that they wanted to. Of the 100 who took part in the tournament, 25 made such contributions.” The donations ranged from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000.
In an earlier effort, the tiny do-gooder had collected over Rs 2 lakh to help poor children, mostly studying in Delhi government schools, pay their examination fees at a time when their families were facing financial constraints due to the lockdown.
According to his mother, Meenakshi Sejwal, the chess tournament also became an opportunity for the child players to meet their friends online. “Due to the pandemic, kids have been confined to their homes for more than a year. They got a chance to meet old friends and make new ones through this tournament,” she said. “Every kid enjoyed it.”
There were trophies for the top player in each category. “Once the lockdown is relaxed, we will send the trophies to the three winners in the different age sections,” said Sejwal.

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