No Social Media, Regular Practice: Bharath Subramaniyam’s Path To GM Title

Bharath Subramaniyam from Tamil Nadu became the 73rd Chess Grandmaster of India. He achieved the third and final Grandmaster Criterion at an event in Cattolica, Italy by scoring 6.5 points from nine rounds along with four others and finish seventh in the event.

BHARATH Subramaniyam, yet another chess prodigy from India, is the 73rd player from the country to become a grandmaster. Bharath, born on October 17, 2007, started learning the basics of the game at the age of five years from his father Harishankkar.

The grandmaster told India Ahead that he is ecstatic about his achievement. He said that he doesn’t count his practice hours and also revealed the tips to become a grandmaster. While the grandmaster doesn’t use social media, his hobbies include watching movies and reading books.

“I try not to think about the norms so much. It should be in the head but shouldn’t get on you completely. Mainly, one should play to enjoy not to win,” he stated in the interview with India Ahead. Bharath also added that his future goal is to win the World Championship and he will be working towards it, trying to improve every single day.

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“Chess helps one get disciplined. How you’re in a game is how you’re in real life. I think everyone can play chess and with daily efforts, their game can easily improve,” Subramaniyam said.

He started playing in 2014 and attended the “Chess Gurukul” school in Chennai. GM Ramachandran Ramesh has been his primary coach. From March 2019, Bharath also started attending the training sessions by GM Alexander Goloshchapov. Gruelling practice helped him improve his positional plays and develop a better game sense.

He further mentioned that because of the pandemic chess got some boom, many people got addicted to the game. Sharing his experience in Italy, he said, “It was very cold, so I didn’t do much. Just played and ate pizza.”

He completed his 3rd IM norm in June 2019, at the age of 11 years and 8 months. The title was officially ratified by the International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation, commonly referred to by its French acronym FIDE in September of the same year. In January 2020, Bharath was selected for a special training camp sponsored by Microsense networks conducted by former World champion GM Vladimir Kramnik and former World chess challenger GM Boris Gelfand.

In January 2022 Bharath earned his third and final GM norm to become India’s 73rd grandmaster by scoring 7.5/9 at the Vergani Cup Open in Cattolica, Italy.

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