Ajitesh Nair on way to enter Guiness Record in chess history
11year-old Indian American Ajitesh Nair is on his way to create a Guiness Record for the longest chess game judged on moves. The match played in August during the 48th Annual World Open in the US is competing to enter the Guinness Book of Records and the Limca Book of Records as the longest known chess game by moves with 319 moves.
Ajitesh played against Linden Li and is awaiting to hear the official certification to break the record of the longest chess game by moves. Ajitesh’s father Subhash Nair, who migrated to Texas 20 years back from Mumbai, has written to the concerned officials who have promised to verify and declare it officially.
Till now, the longest played match by moves was between Nikolic and Arsovic played in 1989 lasting 269 moves taking over 20 hours. Now Ajitesh-Liden match involved 319 moves and lasted for 4 hours to end in a draw.
Ajitesh Nair, son of Thalassery native Subhash Nair and Archana from Kannur, was never in the know while playing the game that he stood a chance to enter the record books. It was his father Subhash Nair, who wanted to make it official when Ajitesh’s coach mentioned it during the post-game analysis.
Ajitesh Nair has a long way to go and presently has a FIDE rating of 1864. During the match on August 7 and 9, Ajitesh played in the open category as desired by his father. “Ajitesh's mind is like a sponge and it absorbs everything when facing challenges,” says Subhash Nair.
Though Ajitesh's ranking was below 2000, he decided to compete in the open category comprising Grand Masters (GMs) and International Masters (IMs) and was placed 41st among the 122 players. According to Ajitesh's father, it was a pretty good going for the sixth grade student studying at Trent Middle School in Texas.
The little boy, who loves to analyse the matches played by Vishwanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparaov and Fabiano Luigi Caruana, started playing chess at a young age of 6, “I like the game because it helps to think and anticipate the opponent's moves,” Ajitesh says innocently.
The game changing moment came for Ajitesh after the training he received from eminent coaches Prasanna Rao and Zurab. Ajitesh says that was the time he got serious about the game.
Ajitesh has won the regional state championship when he was in 5th grade and won the 20th place in the USA nationals in Florida. He feels that technology has impacted chess a lot and a good chess engine can analyse his game and he can practice games online.
With his roots in Kerala, Ajitesh visits his grandparents, who stay in Taliparamba, Kannur, every year. Ajitesh's mother Archana, speaking from Texas says their India visits get postponed sometimes as they are busy making Aji take part in all national, state level and city level tournaments.
What would he feel like once his name enters the Record Books. “I feel I would be on top of the world in chess history. I would like to challenge more Grand Masters and International Masters. For that, I need to put in more hours of practise,” Ajitesh said.
Ajitesh likes to concentrate on openings, middle game and end game while playing as he feels concentrating on these could make him aim for the Grand Master title. The little master is also good in singing and band and is also skillful in puzzles. He is placed in the top 50 in the World Puzzle rating in chess.com.
Ajitesh may be the next great talent around and sticks to the best advice given to him, `Never underestimate your opponent’.