EIGHT-year-old Rudr Ravi Prasad is the next big thing in the sport of chess.
The Lautoka youngster, who is based in Australia, turned heads during the recent ACT Junior under-10 Championship.
Rudr, who attends Garran Primary School, was placed first in the event with a score of 8/9.
Emma Guo, who holds the International Master Women title, said Rudr was impressive against participants older than him.
"This year's ACT Junior U10 Championships was played at Campbell High School and attracted a total of 48 very eager participants," the Australian rep to the 2010 Chess Olympiad said.
"Throughout the day there were different people leading the tournament. The winner was not decided till the very last round. The winner Rudr was impressive recording a score of 8/9."
Rudr was introduced to the sport by his father Ravikesh Prasad.
"Rudr was five years old when he started the strategy board game," Ravikesh said.
"Chess is a minor sport in Fiji and there weren't many opponents around our place in Lautoka. So I decided to teach him so I could have an opponent to play regularly.
Rudr idolises the late Bobby Fischer who was an American chess grandmaster and the 11th World Chess Champion.
Fischer is considered by many to be the greatest chess player who ever lived.
Rudr had not even taken up the sport when Fischer passed away in 2008.
Ravikesh said Rudr spent many hours watching Fischer on DVDs and the internet.
"His ultimate aim is to become a grandmaster in chess like his idol," Ravikesh said.
"He loves playing the sport and will be delighted to represent Fiji in the future. Rudr is a member of Fiji Chess Club."
Rudr's mother, Komal Singh Prasad, is on a scholarship attached at Canberra Hospital.