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If you can't see the article clearly in the above blog post, view here:
The atmosphere is good, many tournaments, many coaches, and support from schools, parents, and sponsors.
So prodigies can benefit the most from it.
thats why Tamil government supports chess than that of education ....good :)
@ SP, I wish she were my sister, I could learn a lot from her.
Honestly, it's all hard work. Studying for 10 hours a day is no easy stuff. I too wish I would have picked up the game early and could have chosen chess over studies.
There are many such kids from Tamil Nadu as the article says. They dominate almost all major tournaments in Bharat. In May 2012, there was a < 1600 tournament in Chennai, and to the shock of the organisers and everybody, it attracted more than 815 participants. It may be the largest tournament. The organisers had predecided on 9 rounds, and it couldn't be altered. With just 9 rounds for so many players, there were scores of players in every half point. It would have been very difficult to decide the prizes inspite of tie breaks.
In the tournament featured in the article, Girls U - 15 nationals being held in Mumbai, if you look at the 6th round results, 12 players in the top 10 boards are from TN. And TN is one of the 28 states in Bharat.
All this is a cumulative effect of Anand becoming the World Champion and the efforts of tournament organisers [there's one rating tournament almost every two weeks in Tamil Nadu, but here in Maharashtra, there is just 3 - 4 in an year], sponsors like ONGC etc, the government making chess compulsory in schools and finally a change in the attitude of parents allowing their kids to choose chess over studies, though my parents didn't.
2023 means the school might have even given here a fee off.
OMG, she's a WFM!
This is very encouraging thanks for posting.
I looked her up on Fide World rankings she is 2023 in standard chess, as pretty close to that in rapid and blitz.
http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=5001080 if you want to see.
What's her FIDE rating? "Chess first" goes without saying!
For an instant, I thought she might be your sister.
I wish I were like her and could choose chess over studies. But she's already become an excellent player and it would be useless of me to do so at the same age as hers.
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