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9-year-old chess prodigy wins fight to stay in Britain

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LONDON — A 9-year-old India-born chess prodigy whose fight to stay in Britain drew international attention can remain in the country, the U.K. government said Friday.

Shreyas Royal, who came to Britain with his family when he was 3 years old, has competed internationally and came fourth in the World Cadets competition in Brazil last year. But his family faced having to leave the U.K. when his father’s work visa expires next month.

The English Chess Federation and two lawmakers had appealed to Home Secretary Sajid Javid to let the family stay, saying Shreyas was the U.K.’s greatest chess talent in a generation and had lived in the country most of his life.

Javid said Friday that, “after carefully reviewing the evidence, I have taken the personal decision to allow Shreyas and his family to stay in the U.K.”