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Digital Era Uplifts Indian Chess: A Remarkable Revolution



  Aug 29, 2023

Indian Chess Revolution: Rising to the Top in a Digital Era


A Star-Studded Team's Quest for Gold

India's chess team, including prodigies D Gukesh, R Praggnanandhaa, Nihal Sarin, Raunak Sadhwani, and B Adhiban, secured a historic bronze at the Chennai Chess Olympiad.
 
Powered by their remarkable achievement, both the male and female teams aimed for gold, reflecting their determination and aspirations.
 

Youthful Brilliance on Display

Praggnanandhaa, at just 18 years old, faced World Number 1 Magnus Carlsen in the FIDE World Cup finals, having defeated World No 2 and No 3.
 
Praggnanandhaa's achievements secure him a place in the next World Championship cycle, showcasing India's rising talent on the global stage.
 

The Strength of Indian Chess

India boasts a vast chess community with around 39,000 rated players who have participated in tournaments.
 
The pyramid structure of Indian chess includes a diverse range of players, with 83 Grandmasters, including two women.
 
More than half of these GMs are under 20 years old, indicating the youth-driven chess revolution in the country.
 

Digital Transformation in Chess

The digital era has been instrumental in India's chess growth, providing timely information and study material.
 
Electronic databases, pioneered by Garry Kasparov and Vishwanathan Anand in the 1990s, offer millions of annotated GM games for study and improvement.
 
Online platforms like Chess.com and Lichess have millions of games played daily, enabling continuous practice and learning.
 

Geographical Distribution of Talent

While Chennai remains a chess hub, talent is distributed across India, with players hailing from cities like Nashik, Guntur, Warangal, Thrissur, and more.
 
India's top 10 players include representatives from different cities, illustrating the widespread reach of the chess revolution.
 

Promising Future for Indian Chess

India's young talent, including Praggnanandhaa and others, are at the forefront of the chess pyramid.
 
Their achievements and potential, along with the support of coaching centers and schools, demonstrate India's bright future in the global chess arena.
 
The digital-driven chess revolution has positioned India as a force to be reckoned with in the chess world.


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