PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A 14-year-old US Chess National Master is using his love for the board game to help Arizona's foster kids.
"I wanted to help foster kids because they have a really tough life," said Sandeep Sethuraman. He's been playing since he was five-years-old. And while he might still be young, he's no stranger to success.
"I won the state championship in fourth grade. And then like in fifth, and sixth and seventh, eighth grade I went to world youth in Brazil, Spain, and China," says Sethuraman. They're victories that've taken him far.
"I just liked how like I can move one little piece and like that can change the whole game," Sethuraman said. But he wanted to help others through his passion. He recently raised around $900 for Arizona Helping Hands through an online chess tournament.
One of Arizona Helping Hands' main missions is to provide beds for children in foster care. They say Sethuraman's contribution will help three kids have a comfortable place to sleep. "Sandeep is an amazing young man who recognizes that there are folks out there who aren't as blessed as he is," said Dan Shufelt, Arizona Helping Hands President and CEO.
Arizona Helping Hand also provides clothing, toys, and even birthday kits for children in the foster care. "Dollars donated to Arizona Helping Hands help us buy these items, these essential items to help families," Shufelt said.
Meanwhile, Sethuraman says he has plans for more online tournaments through his website. "It'll be easier than the first one now that I have some experience," Sethuraman said. And he says he'll keep donating the proceeds to Arizona Helping Hands. "It's a really good feeling that I can help them and it makes me want to do it even more," Sethuraman said.