(Last Updated on : 20/08/2014)
Sahaj Grover is a well known Indian chess
player from Delhi
who won the Under-10 World Chess Championship in July 2005. He is an International master of chess. In the Under-10 World Chess Championship, Sahaj Grover tied the game with Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan in the final round. The championship was held in Belfort, France. He acquired 9 points out of 11 and defeated Russia's Ivan Bukashvin and became the winner. Sahaj Grover, a chess
prodigy, was born in the year 1995.
Early Life of Sahaj Grover
Sahaj Grover started playing the game of chess when Sahaj was merely three and half years of age. Later he practiced at the Botvinnik Chess Academy and was trained by coach Karun Duggal and C. S. Sharma. K. C. Joshi encouraged him and he played his first tournament, the Delhi State under-19 championship. K. C. Joshi has also trained Tania Sachdev
early in her career. After a win and two draws Sahaj's interest kept alive in the game. With his rare talent Sahaj played in an age group tournament back in the year 2002 in Sangli and stood seventh in a field of 100 participants. He shares his feeling though it may negative or positive with his brother Naman.
Career of Sahaj Grover
After his commendable show in the Rajiv Gandhi
international rating round-robin tournament Sahaj Grover arrived at the honour. The tournament was held at New Delhi in February. At that time, Sahaj was distinctively seven years and five months old. To gain a rating in the World, he is the youngest amongst ever.
Sahaj Grover gave a silver medal winning performances at the British championship in 2002 which was conducted under 8 and under 10 sections in Torquay. As he just 5 years old at the time, Sahaj Grover was the youngest competitor in the British championship. He also participated at the National B championship at Jalandhar
. The competition is not of any great standards in the championship, it is just right to promote kids in the age group. Sahaj has not looked back since then.
Sahaj Grover plays in an aggressive manner like most children in his age group. Subsequently, former National junior champion Gurpreet Pal Singh took over the mantle. The chess prodigy had some very dependable wins in the second half of the elusive tournament, over his more-experienced rivals. However, it was a great learning experience for the youngster. The organisers decided to give Sahaj a prize.
As of March 2012, the FIDE Elo rating of Sahaj Grover is 2532.