Chennai, July 22:
Arjun Kalyan, a 16-year old Chennai boy has done the city proud by becoming the latest International Master by achieving his third IM Norm at the 38th Benasque Chess Open 2018 held recently (14th July 2018) in Spain.
From his first IM norm in August 2017 in Badalona, Spain to achieving his second IM norm in Isle of Man, UK in September 2017, Arjun Kalyan has come a long way. Ranked 6th in India, in the under – 16 age category, Arjun Kalyan owes his success to his Coach Mr. A.L. Kasi and the T Nagar Chess Academy, Chennai, which has produced many State and National Champions till date.
Starting late at the age of Nine, Arjun Kalyan’s passion and dedication for the game and unconditional support and guidance from his coach at the T Nagar Chess Academy helped him progress gradually and steadily in learning and mastering the game. He got his FIDE rating at the age of 10. He began attending tournaments across India and overseas, with his mother accompanying him.
Some of his impressive results include draws against legendary chess players Alexei Shirov, a former World number 2 and Nigel Short, a former World number 3. Arjun’s inspiration in chess has been our own Viswanathan Anand and his most memorable tournament has been Isle of Man tournament in 2017 where he played alongside Anand and Magnus Carlsen.
Presently, a class XI student of Vellammal Vidyalaya, Ayanambakkam, Chennai, Arjun Kalyan’s immediate goal is to become a Grandmaster and work towards making his dream a reality by becoming the World champion in chess in the near future.
Speaking on his achievement, Mr. K. Ganesan, Secretary of Chennai District Chess Association said “Chennai is synonymous with chess game and many youngsters here have a great passion for the sport. Year on year the city is witnessing a positive trend in grooming competitive talents and producing International Masters. Arjun Kalyan has the potential to make it big in the global arena. Our wishes for him to succeed in his pursuit of becoming a Grandmaster in the future and make the city proud of producing one more Grandmaster.”