Nihal Sarin receives Gazprom Brilliancy Prize. Read the story for a 16-year-old Indian chess grandmaster.
Nihal Sarin, Indian chess grandmaster has bagged the Gazprom Brilliancy Prize. He won the award at the FIDE Online World Cadets and Youth Championship last December for the best game played. The Kerala chess prodigy won gold last December in the Open Under-18 category.
In the semi-final of the tournament, Nihal Sarin defeated Italian Francesco Sonis 1.5-0.5 and he was awarded the Brilliancy Prize declared on Twitter by the International Chess Federation.
Nihal Sarin receives Gazprom Brilliancy Prize
Nihal won four tournaments earlier. He won gold in the Chess Olympiad after arriving in India in the Asian Team Championship.
After defeating several Grandmasters including Etienne Bacrot in the 4th, Ivan Cheparinov in the semifinals and Ivan Cheparinov in the final, he won the Karpov Trophy.
He then won the Junior Pace Chess Championship and ChessBase India Super Juniors Cup in the run-up to the latest world gold.
The FIDE U-18 World Youth Chess Championship, which produced several achievements, Nihal Sarin, the latest being gold.
Kerala’s Indian Chess Grandmaster
Indian Grandmaster from Kerala is used to winning every tourney he attends, and this year he was his sixth-largest silverware to ensure that he achieved a high standard in 2021.
He defeated Sargsian Shant, Armenian GM, also the third seed, during the finals of the FIDE World Cadets and Youth Rapid Chess Championship U-18.
Nihal has won four titles in the past three months, and while he does not decide to compete in the next contest, the plan is to continue his winning habit.
Nihal’s Excellence in Chess
He won gold in the Chess Olympiad after landing for India in the Asian Team Championship. After beating several Grandmasters including Etienne Bacrot in the 4th, Ivan Cheparinov in the semifinals and Ivan Cheparinov in the final, he won the Karpov Trophy.
He then went on to win the Junior Speed Chess Championship as well as the ChessBase India Super Juniors Cup before the latest gold.
In terms of preparations for the championship, Nihal says that it was just the usual tried and tested methods.
India had a good outing in the championship with GM D Gukesh and Women International Master (WIM) Rakshitta Ravi also clinching gold.
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