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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you thought the Olympic Games were over, think again.
The Chess Olympics, organized by the same International Olympic Committee, are underway in Turkey right now and a local cardiologist is taking part.
Jazvinder Singh is a Barnes Jewish/Washington University cardiologist. He’s playing for his native Fiji.
“When I was growing up, I was the national champion in Fiji,” Singh said. “I grew up in Fiji but I’ve lived in St. Louis for twenty years now.”
Before going into medicine, Singh played in three Chess Olympic games for Fiji. He was even internationally ranked in the 1980′s and 90′s.
“I haven’t been playing competitive chess too much but I’ve prepared myself well,” Singh said. “I hope I do well for my team. I’m not sure because I don’t have much experience the last few years so we’ll see how we do.”
Singh says he uses his chess skills everyday on his real job, coming up with new and creative ways to provide intervential cardiac care for patients.
The International Chess Olympics will continue for the next two weeks in Istabul, Turkey.