"Chess is not
simply a sport, it does make man wiser and clear
sighted, helps to appreciate situation objectively, to
count acts several moves in advance, and the most
important is that it forms a character."
Can you believe it?! ( http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6008 )
I was introduced to chess by my father at an
early age, but it was only in class Xth that I played my first
tournament. Since then the never ending love began and it is
carrying on strongly. I used to play actively till college days,
since then its all internet blitz chess now. I won many
regional tourneys and gave a few simultaneous displays as
well! When I have my way I wake up
late night to see live chess tournament matches in internet,
. I had the honor to
see live Kasparov - Computer matches in 2003, and very recently
I saw many games of world unified championship 2007, that Anand
Apart from that
I am involved in Chess in three
As a player
As a Software Developer
(read a nice
article on chess here)
As a Software Developer
I was (am) chess champion of my region. Though it is
a good feeling but, I had no one to teach me chess now! I knew my
limitations as a player, and knew making to the top of national scene is
not feasible in present situation. But soon I found another way of
exploring chess! When I took admission in Computer Sc. Engineering, I
always had the dream of developing a chess software. I had no knowledge
of programming before, but...
"We are told that talent creates
its own opportunities. Yet it sometimes seems that intense desire
creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents as well."
...and when Passion meets Profession, the result
is always something wonderful!
After, I don't know how many sleepless nights, I was finally able to
develop a chess playing software in January 2002. I named it after the
ancient Indian name of chess 'Chaturangam'. Its playing strength
is not good, but still was a very positive start for me! I won many
national level software competitions with it and got in touch with many
fine people. Now you see how deeply chess is involved!
Following are screen shots of Chaturangam v1 & 2.
Apart from playing and developing I am also involved
in popularizing chess! I am active member of my District's Chess
Association and have founded a chess club in my college.
I founded 'Chaturangam Chess Club' in my
college, named after the software I developed. I hold the post of
Secretary in the club and It has been a great experience for me. I was
able to involve around 250 students in the chess tournaments I organized
in college. These events have been smash hit in the college! For details
of this adventure, see COLLEGE section. The chess craze is alive
and kicking even now and will be carried on by the presence of the chess
club in college. Lots of students participate in the championships!
Official site of Chaturangam
In district too, I was actively involved with the
District Sonepat Chess Association. I was involved with this
association since 10th standard, and was secretary of the same. I used
to promote chess by going to schools and taking free lectures. I also
played active part in organizing the district championships.
As a Player
I have won consistently the district and college
chess championships, and also have played in three nationals and many
state level tournaments. I am not any great player, but not easy to beat
I like to play gambit games and am a sacrifice
expert! I can play both positional and double-edge games. I played
against P. Harikrishna in the first game of the first national I played
in (National U-18, Bikaner 1998)! I only played in nationals twice after
that but... I AM CHESS PLAYER BY HEART! and I will try to play
tournaments in future. I have won following tournaments, but chess is
much much more than tournaments for me. This is what I could perform in
District Under-18 Champion from 1995-1999.
Sonepat District Open Champion from 1999-2002.
...I didn't play there afterwards
CRSCE Chess Championship
2nd CRSCE Chess Championship
3rd CRSCE Chess Championship
Winner ...passed out of
Inter-Engineering Colleges Championship (2001) Winner
Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Cup, Delhi Under-20 (2000)
India FIDE Rated, Saharanpur
I Represented my university MDU Rohtak once in
All India Inter-University Championships, at Magadh University,
Bodh Gaya (2001). We were placed 8th out of 90 teams.
Though I am not any Grand Master (not anywhere near),
but my tastes are like them! I have given FIVE simultaneous displays.
Two of them were unofficial, and three official ones. It started when I
went to coach students in a school after study hours for free. I gave
them classes for two days, and in the end I gave simultaneous display on
seven boards. I won all but it was nothing as it was no competition. So
my hunger wasn't satisfied! But in college I was able to satisfy myself!
After each Chess Championships of college I held a
special event 'Simul'. You know what it means! The winner of the
championship had to be given the privilege of playing it! According to
the rules fixed for this event, the winner will move in a circular order
to play the games. He/she has limited time, and has to complete all the
games in it. If any game is left unfinished after the time limit gets
over, it is counted against the winner. So, the winner has to
run a lot!!
The following were the results...