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From the amount of newsprint and daily discussions dedicated to cricket, it is not tough to identify India’s favorite sport! Even though hockey is the official Indian sport and football enjoys a fair degree of popularity, the Indian cricket team is the most loved, often despised and debated group of players in the subcontinent. Aside from cricket, football and hockey – Indians follow lawn tennis, badminton, athletics, weightlifting and boxing. Sports like car racing and [...]

Chess is an indoor game and is a favorite pastime for millions of people around the world. It is said to improve one’s intelligence. It is widely accepted that chess originated in India and was commonly known as Chaturanga. The present form of chess has evolved from the ancient form played in India. The All India Chess Federation was established in 1951, with its headquarters in Bombay. The first National Chess Championship took place at [...]

Viswanathan Anand  (The living legend of Chess) was born on December 11, 1969 in Chennai. His awesome speed has earned him the nickname “Lightning Kid.” In March 2007, Anand won the Morelia-Linares Super Grandmasters chess tournament. He showed his genius early on as a child when he won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship in 1983 at the age of fourteen. In 1984, Anand went on to become the youngest Indian to win the International Master [...]

Parimarjan Negi became the youngest Indian to win the Grandmaster norm in the year 2005. He is also the world’s youngest International Master in chess. Parimarjan was born to Paridhi Negi February 9, 1993, in Uttarakhand and shifted to Delhi with his family at a very early age. His father is an Air Traffic Controller while his mom is an executive in Life Insurance Corporation of India. With his inborn talents, Parimarjan Negi started learning [...]

P Harikrishna or Pentala Harikrishna, as he is popularly known as, is a renowned chess player who has made India proud, time and again. Born on May 10, 1986, at Vinjanam Padu in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh, he also became the youngest Indian Super Grandmaster in 2001. He first showed his talent and interest in the game of chess at an early age. He observed his father played and grandfather playing the game of [...]

Koneru Humpy ” The grand Chessmaster ” was born on 31st March 1987 at Gudivada in Andhra Pradesh. This nineteen-year-old sportstar won 4 World Titles-under 10,12,14 and when she was only 15 she achieved the GM title and broke the record of Judit Polgar. According to the recent record of Fide Ratings Koneru’s rank is 5th in the world. In the month of July(2006) Koneru occupied the second position in women’s rankings with an Elo score of [...]

Krishnan Sasikiran, known in the professional world as K Sasikiran, is a renowned chess player of India. Born on 7th January 1981, Sasikiran hails from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He learnt chess from his father S. Krishnan at the very early age of 9. From a very young age, K Sasikiran started displaying his talents in chess. Professionally, his first tournament was the State under-10 Championship in Salem. Success followed with the win in the National [...]

Dibyendu Barua is a renowned chess player of India. He was the second Indian to become a Grandmaster after Viswanathan Anand. He is one of the pioneers of this game in India who gave impetus to the young generation and inspired them. Born on October 27, 1966, in West Bengal Dibyendu Barua displayed his interest in the game at a very early age. In 1972, his achievement shot a high as he beat the 2nd [...]