Wednesday, January 16, 2019


INDIAN CHESS HISTORY Tamil Nadu (one of the most well known and important states in India) is famous for, among others, Rajinikanth and chess. Now, when the two names somehow combine what do you get? Well, a Chess Grandmaster, who at 12 years, 7 months and 17 days, is the youngest Grandmaster India has ever produced. Welcome to the world of D Gukesh, who scored the needed GM points at the Delhi Open on Tuesday to become India’s youngest GM, beating the previous record of Tamil Nadu’s Praggnnanandhaa (who got to his GM norm at 12 years, 10 months and 13 days).
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.

The origin of Chess is not easy to date and there is a clear difference between the Modern Chess and the ols game which historians and the ancient texts record. But one thing is clear, Chess is very old and was always related in some way to royalty. In Europe, during the Late Middle Ages, thanks to the Indo-Arab influence, chess became part of the life of the aristocracy of the main European kingdoms, and in that way the game begins to be practiced by kings, counts, marquises and other members of the aristocracy. In chapter 68 of "Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead," Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada tells us that in Dvaraka, Krishna resided with His sixteen thousand queens, and each possessed his own palace. Even during His childhood, the Lord is fond of playing chess and He has fun with the cowherd boys and girls in the forests of Vrindavan. In the "Nectar of Devotion" Chapter 42, Srila Prabhupada explains that "...Krishna played with His intimate friends sometimes by fighting or wrestling with their arms, sometimes by playing ball and sometimes by playing chess." It has been proven that this game develops attention, intelligence, strategic planning and mental lucidity. In many countries. In many countries, Chess integrates the curricula of the official education of children since it facilitates the learning of other subjects. (Editor's note).

[...] 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 
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase

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