Can best online chess lessons make one become a professional player?
With Indians reaching the chess world cup, can children be inspired by best chess courses available online?
Chess is one of the oldest games that we know. It is said that chess was invented in India. Well, there is a strange affinity towards this game right from the childhood in most of the Indian kids. Wooden boards or paper boards with good looking or average looking chess coins, children have somehow learnt the basics at some or the other point of time. But in today’s scenario, everything has gone online and so is chess. One can access to the teachers online or chess schools online. The moment you type out best online chess lessons, there will be atleast 6 to 7 course offerings that will have their own expertise and skills.
And why not, chess is probably one of those few games that has same UI as the physical look and feel of the board. So it becomes easy to teach and becomes to easy to learn. Taking it online hasn’t changed the knowledge sharing at all. Now the question is can Best Online chess lessons or best chess courses online make a kid go professional and actually aim to win at chess Olympiads or become young grandmasters? The answer is YES. They can. Many Indian Junior grandmasters have created waves since a few years who are now practicing, playing and sharing knowedge by discussing or teaching other children online.
LETS GET INSPIRED
Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, the son of a bank employee from Chennai. The 2nd YOUNGEST GRANDMASTER of the world.
Praggnanandhaa's father said that his son, who practises six hours a day and watches past matches online, was not even four when he first started taking an interest in chess. However, he said the family could not afford to pay for extra travel and training for both the boy and his sister, who is also now a professional chess player. "But the passion in him to play chess was unstoppable, I had to give in and put him in coaching classes. And he has been unstoppable since," the 53-year-old, who has the same name as his son, told Indian media.
"He was just six years old when he came second in the under-eight national championship. That is when I knew that I can't hold him back because of our financial situation," as the proud father said it.
On 10th of August, 2017, R. Praggnanandhaa turned 12 years old, and crossed 2500 FIDE Elo. He has an opportunity to go after Sergey Karjakin's record as the youngest grandmaster ever. In Vlissingen, in the Zeeland province of southwest Netherlands last week, he dominated a simultaneous exhibition, scoring 20-0, then played the annual HZ Tournament there, narrowly missing a GM-norm.
Norms can only be gained in tournaments that fulfill FIDE's strict criteria: for instance, the entry must include at least three GM titled players from different countries playing over a minimum of nine rounds with not less than 120 minutes thinking time per round. A norm in chess is a high level of performance in a chess tournament. Several norms are one of the requirements to receive a title such as Grandmaster from FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) or World Chess Federation. FIDE is French*.
2017 update : Praggnanandhaa has already been in the headlines as the youngest International Master in history. Now with the rating qualification met, he needs only to attain three grandmaster norms (performances over 2600, in certain qualifying tournaments), to gain the title. At the HZ Tournament in Vlissingen he was well on his way to a first norm with 6½ out of his first eight games. But he needed at least a draw with black in his last round game with Venezuela's Eduardo Iturrizaga.
The Indian Govt has now provided him with financial support to continue his journey. At present he not only plays online but also analyses his past games with a senior 2 times GM champion and mentor, Sagar Shah. While you are searching for best online chess lessons, you must also watch the analysis of his games with Sagar. Practical knowledge building is a must while learning the theories.
Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He is also a chartered accountant. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder and CEO of ChessBase India website, the biggest chess news outlet in the country.
While this kid is creating history, another little big brain has been winning medals as well. Meet
12 years, 7 months and 17 days — that's the age of the new second youngest ever, GM-elect D. Gukesh. He's also the 60th grandmaster from India! How did this youngster achieve it? This was in 2019, when Gukesh became the youngest one in India, breaking the record of his fellow Chennai mate, Praggnanandhaa.
At an interview Gukesh’s mother expressed to ChessBAse India, "Gukesh and his father came back from the Sunway Sitges very tired. Their flight was delayed and instead of reaching in the morning, they reached home in the afternoon. Gukesh was going to participate in the ChessBase India online blitz on the same day which was held in the honour of Vishy Anand's 49th birthday. The tournament was going to begin at 8 p.m. and Gukesh asked me to wake him up three hours before the tournament. As he was very tired I woke him up one hour before the event. He was very angry at me. He quickly got ready, switched on his computer and played a few practice games before the tournament began. He told me not to disturb him. This was an unbelievable scene for me. It just showed me how much he loved chess.”
This winner, is not only playing, travelling for tounaments but also is participating in the best online chess lessons to help others learn the game. It is necessary for us to inspire our children to take the best chess courses that not only teaches to play but inspire them with the success stories of these whizkids of India.
-Joyddeep Kumar, Creative Director, digital marketer, architect, trend research & analyst, film maker & entrepreneur