We have amongst us a gifted chess player who has reached the pinnacle of success at this tender age.
Let’s see him talk to the CKK Team and get inspired.
1. Would you like to share your achievements till now, the places you have visited in connection to your sports career and any special experiences associated with them?
Yes, I’ll enlist my achievements for you:
- 42nd World Open at Arlington, Virginia: Champion, 2014
- 7th New York International 2014: Champion
- Haryana Pride Award recipient for Best in Sports 2014
I have travelled across the globe for chess, including the cities and countries of United Arab of Emirates, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia, United States of America. But the most special and memorable experiences have been playing in the US because of the challenging adjustments to the differences in the time zones.
- How does it feel to have made a name in the world so early in life?
It feels amazing to have been honoured by the State Government on so many occasions. It also feels awesome to be known as one of the youngest achievers in the field of chess. It felt awesome when I returned from the US and received a grand welcome from not only my family members but also from the entire state of Haryana. It is my dream to be known as a great chess player in the comimg years of my life.
- When and how did you realize that you want to pursue your sport with a holistic focus?
I realized I wanted to play the sport of chess when I was 9. My sister had gifted me a chess set for my birthday in the year 2004 and that was when I realized that I had found my true calling in life. I used to play in the streets, learning from the experienced and the elderly. Within the next 3 months, I progressed to play for Haryana in the nationals. It has been more than 10 years since I have been playing it professionally.
- Parents generally don’t allow students to go for sports. Were your parents supportive?
My parents have supported me firmly, standing by my side all the time. It is very tough for emerging chess players to progress in this field without the unwavering support and backing of their family. I owe my parents a lot for their guidance. My family tries to accompany me to various tournaments to provide moral support, even though they have their own commitments.
- Have you ever felt that the pressure to excel in academics has posed a hindrance in your game?
Never. I have always been able to maintain a balance between chess and studies. For instance, I scored 80% in my first year at college, despite being out most of the town, for playing in various tournaments.
- What was the role of your high school in building your sports foundation?
My school used to encourage me to play and perform well in all the tournaments organized by the CBSE at the high school level. They have played a great role in motivating me to continue playing and winning.
- Being a sports person, what opinion do you have regarding the sports facilities and training provided in our college?
The college has provided a dedicated coach for chess players. We also have the facility of a separate, special chess room where we can practice. Apart from that, we get attendance benefits to compensate for the loss of classes, when we go out to play. In addition, the college encourages us at all levels, by giving various recognitions and awards, at special occasions and also during the Annual Day.
- Has the college provided you enough opportunities to showcase your talent or do you think that there should be more endeavours on the part of the college?
Yes, there are enough opportunities as of now. But, it would be appreciable if we could have a better coaching facility and more competent and professional people to coach us so that we could exploit our potential to the maximum.
- What are your interests and hobbies apart from your sport and academics?
I love to travel. And my sport provides me excellent opportunities to explore various nooks and corners of the world. Apart from chess, I love to play badminton and table tennis also.
10. Would you like to give any tips to your juniors?
I would tell them to never stop chasing their dreams because dreams do come true. Also, don’t give up because you just can’t beat the person who never gives up. Furthermore, take risks, if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. So, always follow your passion.
11. Did you know about our blog “College ki knowledge”?
Yes. A friend of mine works for the blog. I got to know of the blog through her. Your efforts for the blog are amazing and the rich variety of content is appreciable.
Indeed, an amazing journey to success teaching how to equipoise between academics and extra curricular while excelling at both….!!
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