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INDIAN CHESS REVOLUTION



  Jun 03, 2024

INDIAN CHESS REVOLUTION



A STAR-STUDDED TEAM'S QUEST FOR GOLD

India's chess team, featuring prodigies D Gukesh, R Praggnanandhaa, Nihal Sarin, Raunak Sadhwani, and B Adhiban, secured a historic bronze at the Chennai Chess Olympiad. This remarkable achievement has fueled both the male and female teams' aspirations for gold, showcasing their determination and high ambitions.

YOUTHFUL BRILLIANCE ON DISPLAY

R Praggnanandhaa, at just 18 years old, faced World Number 1 Magnus Carlsen in the FIDE World Cup finals, after defeating the World No 2 and No 3. His accomplishments have secured him a place in the next World Championship cycle, highlighting India's rising talent on the global stage.

THE STRENGTH OF INDIAN CHESS

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

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN CHESS

The digital era has played a crucial role 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 host millions of games 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 come 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, coupled 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 formidable force in the chess world.



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