Chess Hero Lukasz Nowak

by Sagar Shah
2/5/2021 – We guarantee you have never seen anything like this in you life! Or even thought it possible. This young lad, who is struck with spinal muscular atrophy in its severest form, has found his talent in chess, where he shows Tal-like brilliance. Sagar Shah interviewed him live, and discussed his games with this incredibly brave person. Be prepared to be deeply inspired – like the viewers who watched the interview live.

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24-year-old Lukasz Nowak from Poland was just a few months old when he was diagnosed with a spinal muscular atrophy in its severest form. When he was seven, his grandfather taught him to play chess. Lukasz really liked the game, and after five years he decided to play his first tournament – the Najdorf Chess Festival in Warsaw. The boy kept working on the game and his level improved. In 2011 he won a bronze medal in the Warsaw Youth Olympiad and a few months later he became the IPCA World Youth Champion. He has a current FIDE rating of 2265 and is a complete inspiration. 

You can find lots of Lukasz' games, and his rating development here.

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Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He is also a chartered accountant. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder and CEO of ChessBase India website, the biggest chess news outlet in the country.

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