Brookfield Academy student ranks among top chess players

BROOKFIELD, Wisconsin – The video game world has shifted from board games to video games in recent years, especially with the rise of esports competition. A Brookfield-area high school junior found herself focusing on a classic.

When Simran Bhatia was five, his mother bought him a five-in-one board game set. The one she expected the most was chess.

“I wanted to see how you played that particular game, which was chess.” Brookfield Academy junior, said Bhatia.

It was her mother who bought her the board game, but she did not know how to play chess. But it didn’t last long.

“So she learned through Youtube video, like the same time I did, and us first, she was the first to teach me how to play,” Bhatia said.

Soon Bhatia was playing chess with her father, who knew how to play.

“I have always lost. Every time I played with him, especially early on when I was about six, ”Bhatia said.

With her father winning most games, it was soon Bhatia in the lead. Her father can no longer beat her.

“Not any more; not even close,” Bhatia said.

There is a good reason for this. After playing and practicing non-stop, Bhatia just kept improving. She started playing in tournaments, traveling across the country.

“I have traveled to places like Florida, New Jersey,” Bhatia said.

Last summer, she won the Wisconsin State Chess Championship for Girls and competed in the National Women’s Champions Tournament in July. She took 10th place in this competition.

“I felt really accomplished. And I never thought I was going to get into the position of playing in national tournaments, especially chess. I mean, I had no idea this was going to be such a big part of my life. said Bhatia.

Brookfield Academy Chess Club co-captain Krish Sharma said he was happy to have Bhatia on his team.

He said having a player like her at Brookfield Academy makes people learn and try to beat one of the best.

“A lot of people are starting to take chess a little more seriously now, so I really think that played a big part,” Sharma said.

Bhatia said she hopes her success shows that even a game that is over 1,500 years old can find new life with the next generation of players.

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