17 June, 2021

The Queen’s Gambit

If you decide to play professionally, you have to stay focused, have a one-track mind.

The Queen’s Gambit

I started playing chess when I was six years old. I was hyperactive and wouldn’t let my siblings study. So discovering the chessboard, I found it intriguing and asked my father to teach me the game. My parents were happy that I had found something to keep me busy. I started playing tournaments at age 8, but didn’t take it seriously till I was about 13. I had other hobbies too, but I soon became competitive about chess. Once I won the Asian junior championship at 15, there was no looking back.

Playing professional chess is a full-time job. With the internet, chess has become really advanced with newer strategies and attacks. So when I’m not training, I analyse the games of other top players, and watch videos of old matches. I also keep updating my openings, which is important to make a mark. At the moment, I admire Bobby Fischer among the older lot of players, and Magnus Carlsen among the young generation.

I’m not a morning person, so I wake up a little late and practice for about 2-3 hours on most days....

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