29. Jan, 2021

'Chess taught me patience'

India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal possesses a bag of variations in his bowling arsenal. If a flipper doesn't get the batsman out, the googly has the potential to bamboozle him. However, he also holds another rare distinction at a young age that few know of. It involves a career preceding his current leather-ball heroics - Chahal enjoyed a distinguished chess career.

In 2002, Chahal won the National Under 11 Championship in Kolkata (Calcutta). The following year, he took huge leaps in his board-game career and represented India at the World  Championship (U12) in Chalkidiki, Greece. 

Tournament - U12 World Championship 2003

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