Malayali boy Nihal Sarin holds world champion Viswanathan Anand in an incredible draw
Kolkata: In the eighth round of Tata Steel International Rapid Chess Tournament held at Kolkata, the young promising Malayali grandmaster Nihal Sarin put up a praiseworthy performance by holding the five times world champion Viswanath Anand in a draw. The fourteen-year-old grandmaster secured the ninth position with 6 draws and 3 losses.
All his draw games were against big shots in the world chess game. Apart from Anand, the Thrissur native clinched draw with world championship runner-up Sergey Karjakin, present world third ranker Mamedyarov, world 25th ranker Harikrishna and world 44th ranker Vidit Gujrati.
“This was my debut super tournament. Out of nine, six were draws. I consider this as an achievement,” said Nihal after the tournament.
Nihal is the son of Dr Sarin, Govt Medical college, Thrissur and Dr Shijin. He is a ninth standard student of Devamatha CMI Public School, Thrissur. Last year in August, Nihal had won the grandmaster title of World Chess Federation. Thus, he became the 53rd grandmaster of India and third Malayali to win that title. Nihal is the 12th youngest to hold that title in the world.
The miracle boy of Indian chess had won the title of U-10 world chess championship that took place in South Africa in 2014.