2018 was a challenging year for me. From the peak rating of 2723, it had stopped to 2693 at the end of 2018. After this, I made significant changes in my work ethics. This reflected at the start of the year. I had good performances in Tata Steel Masters & Prague Masters. At the end of these events, my rating was back above 2700 and was 2717. I reached a milestone and subsequently a low at the same time in April! Let me tell you about it in this blog.
Currently I am playing in the Prague Chess Masters in Czech Republic. The first 5 rounds are over. In this article I take you through the first half of the event.
As an introvert it is not very natural for me to share my journey, but a wise man once said, "Improvement begins at the edge of your comfort zone!"
This year the Indian Olympiad team is extremely strong with the inclusion of Vishy Anand. We are taking our preparation seriously as a pre-olympiad preparation camp was held from 16-23rd march in Radisson Blu, Delhi with coach R.B. Ramesh and the team.
The Aeroflot Open 2018 was a good opportunity for me as I started as the second seed. If I won it, I would have got a direct entry into the Dortmund Super GM. However, things did not turn out the way I had planned and I slumped to a poor performance.
On 17th of February I won the Shiv Chhatrapati award. It was for my GM title which I won in 2013. I am happy that the state government recognized the efforts put in by chess players and feted me and other 13 players from Maharashtra with this award.
Here you will find an in-depth analysis of my game against Dmitry Gordievsky, a 2600+ talented Russian youngster. I won my game against him at the Tata Steel Challengers 2018 and I show you my analysis on a chess board.
On 10th of February I visited the National Premier Blind 2018 in Mumbai. I became the brand ambassador for AICFB - the national body for visually challenged chess players in our country. It was truly a memorable day as I met the players and spent some quality time with them understanding their struggles and listening to their amazing stories.
I started as the top seed, I knew I was the favourite, yet sometimes it feels nice that you were able to prove yourself. Winning the Tata Steel Challengers 2018 is a milestone in my chess career. Mainly because I qualified for the Tata Steel Masters 2019. Here is a small review of the Tata Steel Challengers 2018.