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The Great Indian Chess Masters – Chess Day

Team StoryWeavers|October 09, 2018, 06:23 IST| 22

Chess is often referred to as the ‘game of the royals’, and has been a favourite among Indian students for centuries! It is a favourite amongst our BYJU’S students too many of whom are state level and national level achievers in the field. This Chess Day, we look at some Indian Geniuses who reached International fame due to their brilliant chess play. We hope these players inspire you to learn and improve yourself at the game, always aiming to be the best!

Padmini Rout : Padmini Rout has been a world champion since 2008. Her first big win was the World Under-14 Championship and since then she has been getting only laurels for the country. She attained the title of Grandmaster for the first time in 2015, when she defeated Tamir Nabaty of Israel in Gibraltar. Hailing from Odisha, she was felicitated by the Government of Odisha with the Eklavya Award at the age of 15.

Humpy Koneru : A chess genius since her childhood, Koneru bagged three gold medals at the the World Youth Chess Championships (Under-10 Girls, Under-12 girls and Under-14 Girls). She also won the Asian Youth Chess Championship in 1999, she won playing against boys too. Post her win she was honoured with the title ‘Asia’s Youngest Woman International Master’, and her future wins helped her attain the prestigious Arjuna Award and Padma Shri.

Harika Dronavalli : Renowned for her 2016 win at the Fide Women’s Grand Prix, held in China, Harika rose from world number 11 to world number 5 in women’s FIDE rating. Her first win was an Under-9 National Championship which was followed by a Silver medal at the World Youth Chess Championship for Under-10 girls.

Darpan Inani : This 24 year old is India’s only blind chess player to win an international award, he is also the youngest player to have won the National Blind Chess championship. With a never-give-up attitude Darpan is also an aspiring chartered accountant, plays the table and harmonium and has a yellow belt in karate. He was also featured in a chess documentary film-  Algorithms, directed by Ian Mcdonald.

Vidit Santosh Gujrati : Obtaining the title of grandmaster at the age of 18, Vidit is currently the third highest rated chess player in india after Vishwanthan Ananad and Pentala Krishna.

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March 19, 2019

it is good for our nation.


October 28, 2018

Darpan Inani is really a motivation for all blinds

Solanki Mazumder

October 22, 2018

I just love all of them. They are such an inspiration to us. Hats off to them….


October 21, 2018

My favourite gari Casperov

Neha Kapur

October 19, 2018

Congratulations to all the players?

Jahnavi vaishnao

October 14, 2018

For me it is Vidit gujrati.


October 11, 2018

My favourite player is koneru Humpy


October 10, 2018

My favourite chess player is V.Anand


October 10, 2018



October 10, 2018

Wow so nice. Happy chess ♣ day to all the genius player in the world. ??


October 10, 2018

My favourite is Vishwanathan Anand

Saksham solanki

October 10, 2018

I am also a chess player. I am also a big fan of chess. It is my favourite indoor is the most popular games from 17-18 century. It is also played by kings of other states in older times.


October 10, 2018

Honestly speaking I don’t know nothing about chess except that it has two colours-black and white, and I had never interest in playing chess.
But after reading this I’m willing to learn to play it.
Thanks for sharing this story with us because if you hadn’t shared this then maybe I might’ve not shown any interest in such an interesting game-CHESS.
So again thank you so much.

October 10, 2018

Vishwadheep is also one of the chess player he likes chess and also Byjus student when he was going playing tournaments he miss the classes he Byjus help s for lot

Priyal sisodiya

October 10, 2018

As the national game to our mind


October 9, 2018

I love chess


October 9, 2018

Chess is Avery good sport for mental training. I would say it is very good that Byju’s is also celebrating chess day. My team has also secured 3rd in CBSE U-17 North zone held in Rudrapur.


October 9, 2018

This can have a good impact on teenagers

K. Diwakar

October 9, 2018

Humpy Koneru is my favourite player

Thakare york jeetendra

October 9, 2018

It’s Good for our nation!?


October 9, 2018

My favourite is Magnus carlsen and vishwanath anand
I’m state level chess player and I want to become GM


October 9, 2018

My favourite is Vidit Gujrati . All the best to Vidit for his next matches .?


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