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Introducing: Grandmaster Vinay Bhat

  • IM dpruess
  • on 2/24/09, 8:18 AM.

I am very pleased to announce a new columnist for chess.com, Grandmaster Vinay Bhat.

I have a very special personal relation to Vinay: he's one of the two individuals who are in the running for having beaten me the most times in USCF tournament play. He claims that I am the opponent he has played the most times, and indeed we have been playing together for quite a while. I believe our first [tournament] games were in the CalChess State High School Championships, my sophomore and junior years. Vinay was not yet in high school at the time, but he had a lot more experience in the high school section than I did! I remember when I was playing my first tournaments in Junior High School being surprised to learn that there was an elementary student competing in the high school section: that was Vinay, and that must have been about the time that he played a historical game against Jay.

When I played Vinay for the first time, I was 1700, and was not to pose much of a threat to him for a while yet; he was a master already. Our first two CalChess High School games followed the [dubious] opening (me as white) 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4?! Ne4 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dc Be7?! and each time I built up a strong attack. From those losses I learned an important lesson from Vinay: with kings castled on opposite sides, if you think a counterattack against the opponent's king would be much slower than their attack, don't bother with it! Instead try to trade pieces in the center of the board, to reduce the fuel available for their attack.

In time, our games became more competitive, though I never quite caught up; I was studying chess a lot, and Vinay was pretty focused on school. Despite that, Vinay managed to become an IM while still in High School. In college, Vinay had even less time for competitive play, although he did join Andy Lee and myself in founding and running the East Bay Chess Club. When work was done (or not quite done) and the club closing, we'd sit around for hours looking at chess together; all three of us learned a lot and had a great time.

Upon graduation, Vinay went on to work for Cornerstone Research. Amazingly, he managed to make his second and third GM norms during this period, by taking extended vacations to Spain to hit the summer open circuit there. In 2008, Vinay was awarded the Samford Fellowship, an extremely generous program set up by the bequest of Frank Samford Jr. This Fellowship gave him the financial support to leave his job, and play chess to his heart's content for the next two years. In 2008, Vinay achieved the 2500 FIDE rating he needed to be awarded his Grandmaster Title.

He would like to see how good he can become by making an all-out effort to improve, a chance he has never before given himself. To that end, he is playing in serious events and working hard in between. His column will feature his analysis of his own games. I remember it was really eye-opening the first time I had a chance to look at analysis files on Vinay's computer. Through his column, he will give us an insight into the work of a serious young man pursuing his limits in chess, and share with us many of the lessons he is learning.

Here are some nice games of his to introduce you to his chess:




So glad to have you here, Vinay Smile

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  • 6 years ago

    CPawn

    I had the pleasure of meeting Vinay last October in Reno at the Western States Open.  Its always a pleasure to meet someone that is genuinely nice, and is willing to take the time to talk to a B/C player.  One of the really good guys in chess, and in life!

  • 6 years ago

    IM dpruess

    Alok and Charles,

    At the very time that I posted this introduction for Vinay, his first article, with analysis of two of his games was published. You can see it at:

    http://www.chess.com/article/view/fool-me-once-shame-on-you-fool-me-twice-shame-on-me

    And there will be more next Tuesday.

  • 6 years ago

    Subtile

    I agree with profcory's comment.. and do you have any more games to show?

  • 6 years ago

    chawil

    Welcome to chess.com Mr. Bhat.

    I'm sure we're all looking forward to seeing more games like these BUT with some analysis please!

  • 6 years ago

    shreyansh

    Well he is a member or not? 

  • 6 years ago

    alokshrivastava

    it is really getting luckier for us that players who has given such an impressive performances as seen in the games above are here to guide us.........especially the second game against bu xiangzhi was really dominated by vinay bhatt.......vinay sweeps the material out of board very frequently in order to simplify the complexity........thats a very gud strategy........i m waiting for any article frm him.....Smile

  • 6 years ago

    Grakovsky

    The more the better! We are seeing more titled players here and I can't wait to see the material they will share with us. Much to learn, much to learn...

  • 6 years ago

    lobosolo21

    Good to have here Vinay!Smile

  • 6 years ago

    SonofPearl

    A very warm welcome, Vinay!  Those games are certainly impressive, and I'm sure your column will be very instructive! Smile

  • 6 years ago

    chesshydra

    Wow....Blast from my past.  I used to see you tournaments when you were like 12.  Amazing to see how you have progressed.  I have been out of it for so long I didn't realize you had your GM norms.  Congrats.

  • 6 years ago

    shootfilm

    Welcome!

  • 6 years ago

    profcory

    Excellent to have you here!

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