Indian Chess Player Shayaamnikhil Achieves Grandmaster Title

P Shayaamnikhil becomes India's 85th Grandmaster by completing his third and final GM norm in the Dubai Police Masters chess tournament. He achieved this feat at 31, ending a 12-year wait, after missing several opportunities and setbacks.

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Indian Chess Player Shayaamnikhil Achieves Grandmaster Title

Indian Chess Player Shayaamnikhil Achieves Grandmaster Title

P Shayaamnikhil, a 31-year-old chess player from Nagarcoil, Tamil Nadu, has becomes India's 85th Grandmaster by completing his third and final GM norm in the Dubai Police Masters chess tournament. Shayaamnikhil started playing chess at the age of eight and won the under-13 State championship, which opened up opportunities for him to participate in Asian and age group world championships.

Shayaamnikhil achieved his first two GM norms in 2011 and completed the rating requirement of 2500 ELO rating points in 2012. However, he missed his final norm at the Dubai Open in 2012. "I started playing at the age of eight, my parents taught me...Winning the under-13 State championship opened up opportunities for me..." Shayaamnikhil said.

Despite coming from a modest background, Shayaamnikhil shifted his base to Chennai to pursue chess. "He shifted his base to Chennai to pursue chess despite coming from a modest background and stayed with me," said K Visweswaran, Shayaamnikhil's former coach.

After missing several opportunities, Shayaamnikhil finally achieved his third and final GM norm in the Dubai Police Masters tournament, ending a 12-year wait. "I wanted to play Chess as enjoyment, I like Mikhail Tal and Garry Kasparov. I would like to dedicate this to my parents, who have waited a long time for this title, my trainer Visweswaran sir also helped a great deal," Shayaamnikhil said.

Shayaamnikhil made his first GM norm in Mumbai Mayors Cup 2011 and the second one during the Indian championship as a 19-year-old. He started playing tournaments in Europe in 2017 and became the Commonwealth champion in 2022. "Now that the title is done, I can play more freely," Shayaamnikhil said after achieving the Grandmaster title.

P Shayaamnikhil's journey to becoming India's 85th Grandmaster spanned over a decade, marked by missed opportunities and setbacks. However, his perseverance and dedication to the game finally paid off as he achieved his third and final GM norm at the age of 31 in the Dubai Police Masters tournament. Shayaamnikhil dedicated this achievement to his parents and coach, who supported him throughout his career.

Key Takeaways

  • P Shayaamnikhil becomes India's 85th Grandmaster at 31.
  • He achieved his 3rd and final GM norm in Dubai Police Masters.
  • Shayaamnikhil started playing chess at 8 and won under-13 State championship.
  • He missed GM norm in 2012, waited 12 years to achieve it.
  • Shayaamnikhil dedicates title to parents and coach.