Bansi Prathima – India’s Next Chess Star

Nine gold medals in various junior competitions over the past two years

Bansi Prathima is an extraordinary young player from India who had won nine gold medals in various junior competitions held over the last two years. She is currently a class IV student of Railway Girls High School, North Lallaguda, Secunderabad.

At the age of 8 years, she visited Antalya, Turkey, for World Youth Chess Tournament in the year 2007 where she won Gold Medal for Best Youngest Girl. Next was Kandy, Srilanka for Asian Schools Chess Championship on January 2008 where she took another Gold Medal, followed by Singapore for 4th World School Chess Championship where beside the Gold Medal she also earned a title of FIDE Candidate Master.

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Bansi Prathima playing in Singapore

Commonwealth Chess Championship 2008 held at Nagpur, India, was another trophy in the U8 category and immediately after she was a member of the Indian expedition which claimed Team Gold Medal at the World Youth Chess Championship 2008 in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Numerous national titles include first places at the U9 Andhra Pradesh Chess Championship 2007, 22nd National U7 Boys and Girls Championship 2008 at Nagpur, C.S.SHARMA Memorial FIDE Rating Open Chess Tournament 2009 in Delhi and 23rd National U9 Boys & Girls Chess Championship held at Chennai this June.

Sri D.V. Ganesh is coaching Bansi Prathima from the very beginning onwards, even from the stage of placing the pieces on board and explaining the basic moves. Without his efforts and guidance it would not be possible for her to achieve so many titles and medals.

Her father is working as Personnel Officer in South Central Railways, Hyderabad (Indian Railways) and her mother is a Doctor by profession. So far there is no sponsorship from any side.

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Sahaj Grover is India’s Youngest International Master

Norm and points earned at Le Touquet International Open Chess tournament

Former U10 world champion Sahaj Grover became India’s youngest International Master, winning the final round game against the higher-rated Nicolas Clery to finish fifth in the Le Touquet International Open Chess tournament.

Sahaj was the cynosure of all eyes in a strong field comprising seven Grandmasters and eight International Masters. The class IX student started with two wins, including a spectacular effort against Grandmaster Vyacheslav Ikonnikov of Russia and five draws and a couple of more wins later, he assured himself of his sixth International Master norm which was inconsequential.

Though just 2288 as per ELO ratings of September 2009, Sahaj gained the required points to scale his rating well past the 2400 mark.

It was an easy ride for Sahaj after he won against Ikonikkov in the second round, which also got him the award for the best game of the day. A spate of draws followed, including one against eventual champion IM Jean Noel Riff, and in the last two rounds the 14-year old was in his element once again as he tormented Frenchman Christan Kieffer in the penultimate round and cruised past Nicolas Clery – ranked 86 points higher than him in current FIDE list – in his final effort.

“It was a good tournament for me as I went unbeaten and got my second best result ever after the GM norm in Kolkata,” Sahaj said after winning the last round.

Full article on The Times of India. Thanks to Jagdish Dube.

Tanuj bags Gold at Pan-Am Youth with perfect score!

Currently the youngest FIDE Master at 8 years 2 months and 3 days

Tanuj Vasudeva is eight year old kid from Bunker Elementary school in
Newark, CA. He has been playing chess for about 3 years. He plays
mostly in adult tournaments in San Francisco bay area. As the #1
ranked under 8 years old in the US, he qualified as the official
representative for US team to Pan American Youth Championships 2009 at
Mar Del Plata, Argentina.

Pan American Youth is the most prestigious chess tournament for youths
from North and South America. This year’s event had representation of
top kids from 17 countries. Link:

Tanuj was the only perfect score at the event with 9 out of 9 in Under
8 Open section. His win at Pan American earned him the title of FIDE
. He is currently the
youngest FIDE Master at 8 years 2 months and 3 days. Tanuj is preparing to play at the World Youth Chess Championship, which is starting next week in Kemer-Antalya.


Tanuj Vasudeva with gold medal

To make it even more memorable it was the best ever performance from
US team with 8 medals in total. US team finished with most gold medals
at the event with a tally of 5 gold, 2 silvers and 1 Bronze.

US Team Medalists:
Tanuj Vasudeva U-8 Open Gold – 9.0

Annie Wang U-8 Girls Gold – 7.5

Simone Liao U-10 Girls Gold – 7.5

Tommy He U-10 Open Bronze – 6.5

Arthur Shen U-12 Open Silver – 7.0

Daniel Rozovsky U-14 Open Gold – 7.5

Victor Shen U-16 Open Gold – 7.5

Andrew Shvartsman U-16 Open Silver – 6.5

Complete results

Other notable wins for Tanuj

– Bronze medal at North American championships 2007 in Under-8 category (youngest player at the tournament)

– CA State K-5 co-champion 2009 (while in 2nd grade)

– CA State K-3 champion 2008 (while in 1st grade)

– CA State Kindergarden champion 2007 (perfect score 5/5)

– US National Champion K-1 2008 (perfect score of 7/7)

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At the Pan American Youth Championships

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