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‘Chess is beyond a game. It’s a subject to study and explore’ An Interview with Aryan Nair a Chess Champion



Aryan Nair

Aryan Nair (14), Class Xth student of Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park won the first position in the Chess Tournament, organized by Matrix Chess Academy, in April 2021. He was awarded a certificate and a cash prize for his remarkable feat. He was also adjudged as the ‘Best Unrated Player’ of the tournament. His extraordinary performance has been a source of great pride to the school. 

What inspires you to play chess?

When I was five-years-old, I saw my father practicing chess at home and participating in many championships. Since then, I developed interest in this game. My family supported me throughout and allowed me to play chess as a daily schedule. Now, chess has become an important part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without this game.

Are you willing to pursue chess as a career option?

If given a chance, why not! I want to become a software Engineer but at the same time want to take my game to an international level. Since last year, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed, I decided to improve my playing skills. I then hired a coach for myself. The year 2020 was a turning point for me, when I started taking the game very seriously and participated in many tournaments. Eventually I learnt that chess is beyond a game for me now. It’s a complete subject that I want to study and explore.

As you participate in chess tournaments, how do you handle stress?

Tournaments and championships are a booster for me. Either I win or lose, every game is a new learning for me. I take chess as a fun game and it’s a stress buster for me. I practice chess daily and want to grow in this game every day. I remain calm and composed while playing chess, as this game is not a live or die situation. It is just a game!

How do you manage your studies and chess at the same time?

I follow a proper schedule for the day, which equally divides my studies—online school and tuitions, play time, eating and relaxing time. I play chess for 3-4 hours daily, which includes my online coaching as well. I get inspiration from Viswanathan Anand, who is an Indian chess grandmaster and former world chess champion. Along with my parents, the teachers at Apeejay School have also been very supportive. They always encourage me to participate in tournaments.

Which one would you opt—online or over the board chess tournament? Why?

I would always choose physical tournaments over virtual.  Over the Board (physical) have a zeal and the feeling of the competition. Unless you feel the chess board and the pawn, there is no excitement. While playing online tournaments, there is a physical disconnect with the opponent, I don’t get the essence of the real-game/competition.

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