Rising Mangalurean prodigy: Aaron Mendes' remarkable chess journey

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Mangaluru, Sep 18: Aaron Reeve Mendes, the Mangalorean chess prodigy, etched his name in the annals of chess history by claiming victory in the 4th ChessKid Youth Speed Chess Championship (YSCC). This remarkable achievement solidified his status as a rising sensation in the world of chess. The young Canadian prodigy displayed unparalleled brilliance, outclassing his opponent Antoni Radzimski from Poland in the Finals, securing an impressive overall score of 9.5:5.5.


The 4th Annual ChessKid YSCC, which commenced in June 2023, brought together the world's top eight young chess prodigies. They engaged in intense one-on-one encounters using a variety of blitz formats, including 75 minutes of 5+1 and 45 minutes of 3+1.

The finals, a nerve-wracking battle of strategy and intellect, unfolded before a global audience of over 100,000 chess enthusiasts. The live-streamed showdown was a testament to Aaron's unwavering dedication and unwavering passion for the game, witnessed at


Aaron's journey to YSCC glory was paved with sensational victories, none more captivating than his Semifinal clash against FM Oro Faustino. On August 1, 2023, Aaron and Faustino, a 9-year-old chess prodigy with a groundbreaking 2300 chess rating, engaged in a monumental chess duel. The world watched in awe as their battle unfolded, with Aaron emerging triumphant at 8:6. The game, streamed live at https://m.twitch.tv/videos/1887422428

Aaron's rise to chess stardom can be traced back to his humble beginnings at Derick Chess School in Mangaluru and his initial education at Mount Carmel Central School, Mangaluru. He credits his teachers and coaches for nurturing his talent and helping him achieve this remarkable feat. Presently Aaron is pursuing his education and chess training in Canada.

Aaron is now ranked third among chess players under the age of 11 in the world and 38th among all active Canadian players, with his FIDE rating of 2250. With his unwavering commitment, exceptional talent, and strategic genius, the world hopes to witness Aaron Mendes' continued success and ascent in the world of chess.

Aaron Reeve Mendes has emerged as a rising star in the world of chess, showcasing his exceptional talent and determination through a series of remarkable achievements. Let's take a closer look at his notable chess milestones:


In August 2019, in Kingston, Canada, Aaron made his mark by securing an impressive 2nd place in the highly competitive under 8 open category of the North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC). This challenging event brought together young chess prodigies from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Bahamas.


The year 2020 witnessed another remarkable feat as Aaron tied for first place and clinched second after a tiebreaker in the 'American Continental - FIDE Online World U10 Rapid Championship.' His exceptional performance, scoring 6 out of 7, stood out among participants from 28 countries.


In June 2022, Aaron travelled to Panama to participate in the prestigious FIDE World School Chess Championship. Competing against 489 talented players from 37 countries, he emerged as the gold medalist in the Under 11 Open category, a testament to his growing prowess on the international stage.

In July 2022, Aaron continued his winning streak by securing 1st place in the U10 Open category at the Chesskid International Children and Youth Online Festival, solidifying his reputation as a young chess prodigy with a bright future.

Perhaps one of the most astounding achievements came in 2022 when, at the tender age of 9, Aaron claimed the top spot in the U2200 Open category at the Canadian Open Chess Championship held in Hamilton, Ontario. Notably, Aaron defeated a Grand Master during this classical 90+30 match, making him the youngest Canadian player ever to achieve such a feat. This competition featured 246 participants, including 10 Grand Masters and 9 International Masters.


In March 2023, Aaron's remarkable journey continued as he defeated Super GM Fabiano Caruana in a thrilling 3+2 Blitz Game during Title Tuesday, an extraordinary achievement that demonstrated his exceptional chess skills and composure under pressure.

In July 2023, at the Canadian Open Chess Championship in Calgary, Canada, Aaron showcased his proficiency in classical chess, finishing with an impressive score of 7 out of 10. This achievement secured him a tie for sixth place overall and ninth-place ranking with a performance rating of 2350. Aaron's consistent excellence was highlighted by his hard-earned draws against world-famous players, GM Evgeny Bareev (FIDE rating 2631) and Illya Nyzhnyk (FIDE rating 2642).

Aaron's remarkable journey in 2023 continued as he won against GM Rozentalis, Eduardas, in the 2023 Excelsior June GM Norm tournament held in Toronto, further solidifying his position as a rising chess sensation.

In September 2023, Aaron secured “Top Junior” in the 2023 Toronto Open. His personal dedication and hard work have yielded his achievements under the guidance of his mentors and support from his family.





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  • Shweta Mundhra, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 28 2023

    Amazing to see Aaron's journey... its indeed a sheer pleasure to see him rising higher and higher in his passion and making family proud !!! Wishing Aaron many more successful years ahead!!! Onwards and Upwards !!

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  • Joyce Fernandes, Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Congratulations Aaron 😘❤ God bless you dear❤

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  • Frizzel Fernandes, Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Congratulations...!!🥳🎊 Proud of you Aaron😘❤

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  • Gregory, Thane

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    We are very proud of your achievements. May God bless you with good health, more strength and abundant success. We pray that you may grow in your personal and chess life as well.

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  • Alwyn, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Great performance. Saw few matches online. I don't know how young kids can play so fast almost a chess move every 3 seconds. It's tough to calculate and play in such a short time. When I checked online profile of both players, they are rated above 2500 in chess.com blitz rating, which is quite high... congratulations and all the best.

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  • Hirish, Bedra

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Congratulations Aaron. I have been following your achievements in chess. Nice to see you come up long way. It's your dedication and hard work made it possible. All the best. Become first GM from Mangalore.

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  • Roshni Galani, Toronto

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Awesome achievement Aaron!! So proud of you.

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  • Jen Dsouza, Taccode / Toronto

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Congratulations on your impressive victory in the chess tournament Aaron! Your strategic brilliance and dedication have truly paid off, and it's indeed time to celebrate your achievement. Your skill and talent on the chessboard are truly remarkable, and it's clear that your hard work and passion for the game have brought you this well-deserved success. Your moves were calculated, your tactics were sharp, and your perseverance was unwavering. May this victory be the first of many to come in your chess journey!

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