A GLASWEGIAN chess genius has been chosen to represent Scotland at an upcoming chess tournament.
Advik Mittal, 8, a student at St Patrick’s Primary School in Glasgow who has been selected to represent Scotland in the U12 category at the forthcoming Liverpool Quadrangular International Chess Tournament.
He is also the youngest person in the UK to complete the British Youth International College (BYITC) Supermaths National Abacus Maths programme.
Considered the most advanced mental math program in the country, Abacus Mental Maths covers not only Abacus math concepts but also the broader arithmetic operations of mathematics.
These include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percent, fractions, square roots, decimal arithmetic, and BODMAS, a means of decoding a mathematical expression.
Advik, who joined the BYITC program when he was just 5 years old, said: “I am delighted to be the youngest person in the UK to complete the mental math programme.
“I enjoyed everything. The teachers are very nice and friendly and very helpful and I am sure that learning Abacus Mental Maths has also helped me improve my skills as a chess player.”
Sachin Mittal, Advik’s father, said: “Advik started playing with numbers and loved them. He can quickly calculate large sums in his head without a calculator, which has helped him a lot in learning more about numbers and developing his analytical skills.
“We are Dr. Very grateful to Rashmi Mantri and her colleagues from BYITC for offering Advik this excellent opportunity to increase his knowledge and understanding of numbers. I have no doubt that it helped him succeed in chess as well.”
Abacus Mental Maths has 11 levels, each running for three months.
Students learn throughout the program under the supervision of a certified teacher who has been developed in the UK and is recognized as suitable for the UK curriculum.
The founder of BYITC, Dr. Rashmi Mantri, said, “We know that working on arithmetic problems alone can be monotonous, so we introduced a competitive element to allow students to improve their analytical skills more dynamically.
“We have been delighted with Advik’s progress throughout the program and anticipate that he will now further explore his love of numbers by developing even more challenging math skills.
“Our overarching goal is to find the next generation of math prodigies, ignite their competitive spirit, and nurture their true potential.”
A core component of BYITC’s approach to mathematics education, Abacus Math Training, is introduced to students through the Supermaths program.
Children are taught to calculate sums by visualizing an abacus board and manipulating imaginary beads with their fingers. Not only does this allow them to do quick mental arithmetic, but it also stimulates cognitive development, improves memory and concentration, and develops problem-solving skills.
The BYITC is now the UK’s largest provider of Abacus math courses and is divided into a junior and a senior track.
Supermaths is taught through a mix of weekly teacher-led classes, online learning tutorials and activities.
Students can also use the world’s first Abacus digital math learning app developed by BYITC for its students.
BYITC is now planning to organize an International Abacus Math Olympiad and the same students will now participate in this global competition.
The Liverpool Quadrangular consists of three sections, U12s, U14s and U16s, each comprising teams from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the English regions. This year the tournament will take place on 10-11 December 2022 at Liverpool College, L18 8BG.
Advik made his international chess debut when he represented Scotland at the World Cadets Chess Championships in Batumi, Georgia earlier this year. 800 young people from over 70 countries took part in various categories (U8, U10, U12 open and girls).
Advik secured 4 draws and 2 wins against some of the best players in the world, with some of his matches lasting more than 3.5 hours.