Chess is surging in India, with Praggnanandhaa leading the charge. Vishwanathan Anand’s legacy and digital platforms have fueled this rise. The emergence of chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa, affectionately known as Praggu, stands as a testament to the meteoric rise of chess in the country.
India’s history in Chess
But Chess, is not new in India. India’s chess dates back centuries. The earliest precursor of modern chess is a game called chaturanga, which flourished in India by the 6th century, and is the earliest known game to have two essential features found in all later chess variations—different pieces having different powers. But it’s only in the past few decades that the nation’s chess culture has truly flourished. Pioneers like Vishwanathan Anand, India’s first Grandmaster, blazed a trail of success that would pave the way for subsequent generations. Now, with technology and online platforms making it easy to learning compete, chess became more than just a game. More people are playing chess, and they are getting better at it. It’s an elevation in strategic thinking, discipline, and adaptability.
Chess renaissance and meteoric rise
At the heart of this chess renaissance is the amazing story of Praggnanandhaa. He made International Master at the age of 10 and Grandmaster at the remarkable age of 12, Praggu’s journey has captivated the chess world. His rapid ascent has not only showcased his exceptional skills but has also ignited the passion of countless aspiring players across India.
- India’s chess journey is astounding: 64 Grandmasters, 119 International Masters, and a budding generation of young talents. (Source: FIDE)
- Anand’s triumph as India’s first Grandmaster opened doors. Today, India ranks fourth globally in terms of registered chess players. (Source: World Chess Federation)
Praggu’s journey also underscores the significance of robust support systems. Talk about his family’s unwavering encouragement and guidance, combined with expert coaching. The support of his mother in his journey has been highlighted recently in internet media. His achievements encourage young minds to dream big and embrace the challenges presented by the game. Here are two coverages of yesteryears grandmasters commenting on Praggu and his success.
Nowadays, online platforms like Chess.com and tournaments are nurturing talents. Praggu’s online games played a pivotal role in his journey. As the world evolves, so does chess. Praggu’s journey bridges tradition with innovation, inspiring a generation to think strategically. The ripple effect is astounding. Youngsters across India are choosing chess, a shift evident in schools and communities.
Praggnanandhaa’s rise in Indian chess is a compelling narrative of determination, family support, and embracing technology. Chess isn’t just a game; it’s a movement that stimulates young minds, encouraging them to strategize and excel. Praggu’s story radiates hope. The journey from boards to brilliance is underway, and it’s unstoppable.