Praggu and Vaishali look to make a mark at online Olympiad | Chess News

Praggnanandhaa (TOI Picture)

CHENNAI: The on-line chess Olympiad commenced on July 23 however India — the seventh seeds within the event — will start their marketing campaign on August 21 within the prime division. What’s attention-grabbing to notice is that the Indian workforce can have a brother-sister duo of Praggnanandhaa and Vaishali within the combine. GM Praggu and WGM Vaishali are within the reserves of the boys U-20 and girls’s classes respectively.
The final time siblings featured within the senior Indian workforce at an Olympiad was in 2002 the place WGM Vijayalakshmi and her sister Meenakshi have been a part of it. “It’s a particular feeling to be named within the Indian workforce together with my elder sister Vaishali. It has been a protracted cherished dream for each of us to characterize the nation and what higher occasion than the Olympiad which has 163 nations collaborating in it,” Praggu advised the TOI.
At the same time as Praggu prepares for his maiden occasion with the senior aspect, he’s additionally ensuring to not lag behind as regards to his lecturers. “I’m in school X this yr and I make it some extent to not miss my lessons that are presently being held on-line because of the lockdown. Previously few months, I’ve begun to steadiness each research and chess fairly effectively,” mentioned Praggu.
Vaishali, who’s in her first yr of Bcom, has embraced chess books like by no means earlier than. “I used to undergo chess books even earlier than, however I’ve begun to know its significance extra now,” she mentioned.
Whereas the 2 observe individually at house, they do take day out to debate their video games and even have interaction in a couple of clashes repeatedly. “Praggu took curiosity within the sport after watching me play. However at the moment, we each be taught from one another. We root for each other and I like his capability to remain calm in opposition to top-quality gamers,” Vaishali mentioned. For Praggu, his sister’s fast decision-making stands out. “She would not be caught in two minds and that is a fantastic trait to have. Her assertiveness is one thing I might look to imbibe,” Praggu talked about.

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