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The 2nd position holder, says patience is the key to success



Chess is widely recognized as a brain game that offers a wealth of cognitive benefits. It has been studied extensively for its positive impact on memory, planning, problem-solving, and creativity. Hence, it has gained immense popularity over the years with the rising number of ardent fans. So much so that India was ranked No. 2 in the World International Chess portraying the country’s strong presence in the game.

Viswanathan Anand has become a mentor for the next generation of Indian players. He is the idol of many including Bhav Aggarwal, a student of class VII studying at Apeejay School, Tanda Road. He has played a total of 11 tournaments and has recently secured second position in the Chess Championship, held at Lala Lajpat Rai Institute in Punjab.

In a candid interview, he talks about the secret ingredients of a logical game such as chess.

Tell us about yourself.

I have a passion for chess. Apart from that, I lead an active lifestyle by regularly participating in swimming and running.

What inspired you to take up chess?

I have always had a sharp and logical mind. I started playing chess when I was in pre-primary. Soon, I realised I have a talent for the same. When I was in class I, I played my very first chess tournament, and from there on, my coach inspired me to learn the game professionally.

How do you train yourself mentally?

I keep my mindset very positive. I play by confusing the opponent with my move. Once I am successful in confusing the opponent, I am halfway through the game. It’s all about playing smartly.

What are your favourite moves?

There are numerous techniques available. Although my favourite ones include Kings Gambit, double check, or Checkmate. Starting to play with these openings can help the opponent to be confused and get trapped quite easily.

What is the average duration of the total game?

The approximate time divided for a single game is a minimum of 10 minutes. Both the opponents have been given a certain time limit. If a player does not complete the prescribed number of moves in the allotted time, the game is lost by the player.

Who plays the first move?

White always makes the first move. The chessboard is set up with white pieces positioned on the first and second rows. When the pairing begins, the black pieces occupy the seventh and eighth rows. This convention of white moving first has been a standard rule in the game.

Who is your role model?

My idol is Mr. Viswanathan Anand — an Indian chess grandmaster. I diligently follow what he preaches. To gain more skills in chess, I surf my favourite channel on YouTube called Chess Talk.

What is your practice routine?

Since Chess game requires consistent practice, I try to give at least one hour to the game every day. I play online. While I took this game up as a hobby, now I am willing to make it my profession.

A challenge you faced.

Initially, I would lose a game by making silly blunders. However, it also motivated me to win. I opted for re-match when I was playing online. This way I was able to pace up my speed and understand the intention of the opponent, quite closely.

How do you manage your studies?

I practice chess at school when there is a free class. Once I am home, I rest for a while. I play chess again for an hour online. After that, I study and complete my homework.

Advice for beginners.

Always remember, patience is the key to success.

Abhilasha Munjal is a Senior Correspondent with Apeejay Newsroom. She has completed her Bachelor's degree in English from Delhi University. Abhilasha holds vivid knowledge about content and has predominantly covered local as well as trending stories in the digital media.

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