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9-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Will Be Allowed To Remain In U.K.

9-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Will Be Allowed To Remain In U.K.
August 10, 2018 Elijah James Logan

The United Kingdom has decided to allow a 9-year-old chess prodigy to remain in the country, after his father’s work visa expired and his family faced deportation back to India. Shreyas Royal is “very delighted” with the news, his father tells NPR by email. Shreyas has lived in the U.K. since he was 3 and has played chess since he was 5. Now, within his age bracket, he is the top chess player in England and one of the top 10 globally. He was the youngest English player to ever earn a FIDE title, becoming a “candidate master” at the age of 7, the English Chess Federation says. His father, Jitendra Singh, is an IT project manager who brought his family to England on a temporary work visa, the BBC reports . Singh’s employer wanted to keep him, but his visa was set to expire in September, with no possibility for renewal. A longer visa would only be available if Singh made more than £120,000 (more than $150,000) a year, which he didn’t. Singh asked the British government to make an

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