There are many players in who are extremely passionate about chess but are unable to improve. They lack the guidance and direction. With India’s Got Chess Talent we plan to help 32 chess lovers from all across India get trained under 4 of the most competent trainers of our country. The 32 players, from 14 different states and 2 Union Territories of India, have been selected through a rigorous process of over 700+ applicants. The four mentors are GM Debashis Das, GM Shyam Sundar, GM Swapnil Dhopade and GM Swayams Mishra. Each team has 8 participants and the training sessions of each team will happen on the ChessBase India YouTube channel. This will culminate into semi-finals and finals between the teams with the winning team getting special prizes and a special IGCT scholarship that will be announced by the winning mentor.
Today 3rd of September is the training session of GM Swapnil Dhopade. GM Swapnil Dhopade has been one of the top trainers of the country for several years now. A strong GM in his own right, Swapnil decided to devote himself to full training around 4 years ago. He set up his academy Chess Pathshala. Swapnil has trained some huge talents which include GM Raunak Sadhwani, GM Sankalp Gupta, GM Harshit Raja and has been the coach of the Indian women’s team at the World Team Championships 2019. He was also the coach of the India 2 team at the Olympiad 2022 which finished 8th.
Students of Chess Pathshala:
1. 15-year-old Pratibha PL from Madurai, Tamil Nadu is unrated.
2. 12-year-old Shubhi Gupta from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh rated 1713.
3. 9-year-old Ameena NK from Kalpetta, Wayanad rated 1015.
4. 15-year-old Bhavik Ahuja from Delhi rated 2114.
5. 23-year-old Raj Pandya from Mumbai rated 1279.
6. 18-year-old Kunal Gupta from Mumbai is unrated.
7. 13-year-old Nirnay Garg from Gurgaon, Haryana with a rating of 1768.
8. 30-year-old Karthik S. from Bangalore rated 1446.
Schedule and Format:
From 1st to 4th we will have the training sessions with each of the trainers and their teams. The players will continue their work for the week. In mid September we will have the Semi-Finals 1, Semi-Finals 2 and Finals. The semi-finals 1 will be between Team Wings of Fire of Shyam Sundar and Chess Pathshala of Swapnil Dhopade. Semi-finals 2 will take place between Team Debashis Das and Team Delphinus of Swayams Mishra. Each match will be 8 games of 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment. In case of a 4-4 tie, we will have an Armageddon.
Each member of the winning team will receive gift voucher of Rs.10,000 from ChessBase India to buy products that will boost their chess and help them improve at the game. In addition the coach of the winning team will be able to decide the winner of the India’s Got Chess Talent Scholarship of Rs.50,000 that will be instituted via the HelpChess Foundation.
Read more about India’s Got Chess Talent: https://chessbase.in/news/India-s-Got-Chess-Talent-2022
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