I am consistent now: Grandmaster Parimrajan

July 12th, 2008 - 10:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) After spending much of last year honing his chess skills, the world’s second youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi is back on the competitive chessboard with fine performances in three successive tournaments. Now home, the 15-year-old attributes his recent success to the consistency he has developed over the last few months.

The Delhi boy, who became world’s youngest International Master in 2005, has lost just one game in the last three tournaments. He was tied first at the Kaupthing International Open in Luxembourg, then won the Philadelphia Open and a week later narrowly missed World Open Chess title by losing to 30-year-old Russian GM Evgeny Najer in a tie-break, again in Philadelphia.

“Last year I didn’t play many tournaments and focused more on the training. This year I have been performing well. I feel I have become more consistent in the past few months. Even if I had lost a game in one round, I recovered well to be at par in the next round,” Parimarjan told reporters here.

“I have beeen training with world class experts like Nigel Short, Vladimir Chuchelov and Lev Psakhi. Besides, I have worked on reducing my losses and started giving every game equal importance. The results have been reflected in my recent performances,” he added.

Asked what happened in the tie-break at World Open Chess, Parimarjan said: “The officials there till the last moment didn’t tell whom I am to play in the tie-break. So by the time we got down to play, I couldn’t play with the usual seriousness.”

For his recent performances, the teenager will gain 40 ELO points to take his tally to 2570 in the rating list.

“My target though is to gain 2600 ELO points,” he added.

Parimarjan, who trains for seven to eight hours, admires World Champion Vishwnanthan Anand. Like others of his age, he likes to unwind by listening to music and reading books, Harry Potter being his favourite. “Though I didn’t like the recent one.”

He prefers classic chess to any other form of the game and will next be heading for Belgium Tuesday to train under Vladimir Chuchelov before he enters World Junior Chess Championship Aug 2-16 in Turkey.

“The World Championship is an important tournament for me. It will be interesting to play there,” Parimarjan said.

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