THE YOUNGEST GM IN
INDIAN CHESS HISTORY
INDIAN CHESS HISTORY
For the record, Gukesh is the second youngest in the world to become the GM (he missed the Sergey Karajakin record by just 19 days). Gukesh is India’s 59th GM.
From India’s first International Master Manuel Aaron, who grew up in Tamil Nadu, to Vishwanathan Anand, former World Champion and India’s first GM in 1988, and to Gukesh now, Tamil Nadu is keeping its image as the chess capital of India alive. Gukesh got his first IM norm in October 2017 and his Elo rating was 2323. From then to Jan 15, 2019, it has been a never-ending sequence of events. In 16 months flat, Gukesh achieved 3 IM norms, 3 GM norms and his Elo rating is now at 2500. It has been a spectacular rise.
Gukesh’s coach Vishnu Prasanna himself says that the lad has a strong mental ability to handle pressure. He is always willing to learn and stays curious, he adds. Both his parents are smart and empathetic enough to not push him too hard, and let his talent go waste for want to encouragement. In that sense, like Gukesh, they too are making the right moves.
WHAT DO THE VEDIC TEACHINGS TELL US?
[...] Being inquisitive as to how Kṛṣṇa was managing His household affairs with so many wives, the great sage Nārada desired to see these pastimes and so set out to visit Kṛṣṇa's different homes. [...] After departing from the palace of Rukmiṇī, Nāradajī wanted to see the activities of Lord Kṛṣṇa's internal potency, yogamāyā; thus he entered the palace of another queen. There he saw Lord Kṛṣṇa engaged in playing chess, along with His dear wife and Uddhava. The Lord immediately got up from His seat and invited Nārada Muni to sit on His personal seat. [...] He therefore told Nārada, "My dear sage, [...] what reception can We offer you, and what can We possibly give you? Yet, since Your Holiness is a brāhmaṇa, it is Our duty to offer you something as far as possible. Therefore, I beg your pleasure to order Me. What can I do for you?".
Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
“Krishna Book” - Chapter 68
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