Laois Nationalist – History made by the young chess player of Portlaoise

Tarun Kanyamarala from Portlaoise who won the title of International Chess Master at the age of 17, becoming Ireland’s youngest international chess master.

By Joe Barrett

A talented teenager from Laois made Irish history over Saint Patrick’s Day weekend by becoming the country’s youngest international chess master, breaking a record held for 24 years.

Portlaoise’s Tarun Kanyamarala won the title aged 17 in a chess tournament in Dublin. He came top of 52 players who competed for five days and nine rounds in the tournament.

5and Freshman at Portlaoise College beat former record holder Brian Kelly, who was 20 when he won the title in 1998.

Tarun won the title of International Master in the Irish National Team Chess Championship by winning seven games and drawing two.

His 16-year-old sister Trisha participated in the same tournament, finished in 16and position in the general classification and was the winner of the women’s section of the tournament. Two years ago, she too made Irish history by becoming the first-ever female international Masters in Ireland.

Tarun was rated Ireland’s top chess player at under-16 level two years ago after winning the Limerick Open championship.

Their father Dayanand works as an engineer in Portlaoise while their mother Nandita is a microbiologist

Expressing pride in her son’s performance, Nandita said: “This achievement would not have been possible without the continued support of Portlaoise College. We hope Tarun achieves his goal of becoming Ireland’s first chess grandmaster.

On Saturday March 26, Tarun travels to Slovenia to represent Ireland at the 2022 European Chess Championships.

The young chess champion also has an online chess tutorial site called Any Time Chess, where players can practice their skills and assess their day-to-day progress.

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