Beyond Checkmate! – The new Indian Express

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HYDERABAD: Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi, who has seen his stock rise in recent months, is optimistic about India’s chances at the upcoming Chess Olympiad, which is due to start on July 28. If you look at the latest FIDE ranking of the top 10 juniors, three from India are listed. Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi is second and CE talks to the 18-year-old from Telangana about his love for the sport and how it balances everything together and more.

“I started playing various sports when I was 8 years old. I loved swimming and chess as a hobby when I was a child. It was a few years later that I chose to focus only on chess. Until 2021, I managed to balance studies and chess. But, it became incredibly hectic for me, so I had to choose between further study at university or professional chess .

I wanted to drop out of school after class 12 only, but my parents wanted me to give both a chance together. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out and I dropped out of school when I was in my first year of data science graduation,” Arjun shares on how his love for chess started. He loved his time in Hyderabad when he was a residence student at Ramaraju Academy Of Chess Education in Kothapet. “It was a good time in Hyderabad when I was at boarding school in 2015-2016 to learn chess,” he says.

The young grandmaster does not like chess, he loves watching movies and video games. “I like to watch comedies, especially in Telugu, and play video games to relax. My favorite actors of all time are Jr NTR and Allu Arjun. In video games, I like to play G-Switch and Among Us,” Arjun shares. According to him, even though he is a grandmaster, he still wants to improve and the joy he derives from winning a match is incomparable. “It’s very important to enjoy playing chess and not be under extra pressure. My idols on the field are Viswanathan Anand, Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen.

I honed my chess skills by playing online tournaments rather than reading books, but the learning process may be different for different people. In the end, it’s important to enjoy and do what you want to do,” concludes Arjun, who is preparing for the Chess Olympiad, the 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival, the Dubai Open Chess and the European Chess Club Cup.

HYDERABAD: Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi, who has seen his stock rise in recent months, is optimistic about India’s chances at the upcoming Chess Olympiad, which is due to start on July 28. If you look at the latest FIDE ranking of the top 10 juniors, three from India are listed. Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi is second and CE talks to the 18-year-old from Telangana about his love for the sport and how it balances everything together and more. “I started playing various sports when I was 8 years old. I loved swimming and chess as a hobby when I was a child. It was a few years later that I chose to focus only on chess. Until 2021, I managed to balance studies and chess. But, it became incredibly hectic for me, so I had to choose between further study at university or professional chess I wanted to drop out of school after class 12 only, but my parents wanted me to give both together a chance. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out and I dropped out of school when I was in first year of graduation in Data Science,” Arjun shares on how his love for chess began. He loved his time in Hyderabad when he was a residential student at the Ramaraju Academy Of Chess Education in Kothapet. was a good time in hyderabad when i was in boarding school in 2015-2016 to learn e chess,” he says. The young grandmaster does not like chess, he loves watching movies and video games. “I like to watch comedies, especially in Telugu, and play video games to relax. My favorite actors of all time are Jr NTR and Allu Arjun. In video games, I like to play G-Switch and Among Us,” Arjun shares. According to him, even though he is a grandmaster, he still wants to improve and the joy he derives from winning a match is incomparable. “It is very important to enjoy playing chess and not to be under extra pressure. My idols on the field are Viswanathan Anand, Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen. I honed my chess skills by playing tournaments in online rather than reading books, but the learning process may be different for different people. At the end of the day, it’s important to enjoy and do what you want to do,” concludes Arjun, who is preparing for the Chess Olympiad, the 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival, the Dubai Open Chess Tournament and the European Chess Club Cup.

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