April Tour - Part I


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.

First half of Prague Chess Masters


  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.

Getting out of comfort zone


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!" 

Pre-Olympiad Preparation Camp in Delhi


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. 

Disaster at the Aeroflot Open 2018


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.

Highest sport honour of the state - Shiv Chatrapati Award


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.

Video annotations: My game against GM Gordievsky


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.

Proud to be the brand ambassador for the AICFB


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.

From a Challenger to a Master!


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.