Guinness English speller aims to be grandmaster
Wonder kid V Raghav Srivasthav ? who entered the Guinness Book of World Records at the age of six by spelling 50 English words backwards in 2 minutes and 40 seconds ? is now training in Hyderabad to become a grandmaster.india Updated: May 17, 2006 10:36 IST
Wonder kid V Raghav Srivasthav — who entered the Guinness Book of World Records at the age of six by spelling 50 English words backwards in 2 minutes and 40 seconds — is now training in Hyderabad to become a grandmaster.
Raghav, 7, spelt 15 eight-letter words, 15 seven-letter words and 20 six-letter words backwards to receive the Guinness honours. Raghav, who is also a good dancer and actor, learnt chess on his computer.
The computer was gifted to him by a local bank when he made the Guinness record. His parents decided to provide him formal training in chess when they saw his aptitude for the game.
It was not rare for Raghav to beat the computer in the game. Therefore, his parents decided to shift bag and baggage to Hyderabad to provide their son coaching in chess.
But, in Hyderabad they were shocked to learn that coaching and participation in major tournaments cost up to Rs 7 lakh per year. They have met Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy seeking help in training Raghav. They have also been contacting NGOs for aid.