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Pranesh gets a boost for his GM title journey with October 2021 YouTube memberships fund

by Sagar Shah - 15/11/2021

Pranesh is one of the biggest talents in the country. The reason? The boy was born in 2006 and as on March 2020, he had an Elo of 2437, IM title and 1 GM norm. And this he did by playing most of his tournaments in India. Due to the pandemic its been 20 months since Pranesh played a rated game. Hailing from a humble background where his father is a Javuli worker and mother is an Anganwadi worker, Pranesh's GM dreams (2 GM norms and 63 Elo points left) need financial backing. That's the reason why the October fund of our YouTube memberships of Rs.62,194 goes to Pranesh for his upcoming Europe trip. Rs.45,000 are contributed by Prakhar Gupta and the total amount comes to Rs.1,07,194. 

Pranesh - Raw Talent and a fire to become a GM

He chews his pen while playing...

He has a deadly stare...

He focuses on each game as if his life depended on it!

Meet M. Pranesh, one of India's most talented youngsters. Pranesh, born in 2006, hails from a small village called Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu and is studying in 10th grade at Shri Vidyaa Giri Mat. His father Munirethinam is a Javuli (clothing) shop worker in Karaikudi and mother Manjula is an Anganwadi worker. Pranesh hails from a very modest financial background. In spite of this, his list of achievements is simply fantastic!

Pranesh with his aunt after third place at Nationals under-11 in 2017

Pranesh's achievements:

Fide online world youth U-16 chess championship on 26th-30th August 2021,3rd (Bronze)

Asian schools chess championship Online U-15 open on July 2021 Individual 1st (Gold)

National Schools chess championship Online U-15 on 7th-8th July 2021- 1st (Gold)

National Schools chess championship Online U-17 on 5th-6th July 2021-3rd (Bronze)

National Online U-16 Open chess championship 2021- 1st (Gold)

TN State chess U-20 online chess championship on 18th-19th July 2021- 2nd (Silver)

Abu Dhabi International junior U-16 championship in 2019-1st (Gold)

The Belt and Road International schools U-12 Team championship in 2017 in Chongqing, China- Team Gold, and Individual Gold Total 2 (Gold)

Commonwealth U-12 chess championship held at NewDelhi in 2018-2nd (Silver)

National U-13 chess championship held at Visakhapatnam in 2019-1st (Gold)

National U-13 chess schools championship held at Bhubaneswar in 2018-1st (Gold)

National U-11 chess championship held at Raipur in 2016- 2nd (Silver)

National U-11 chess championship held at Pune in 2017-3rd (Bronze)

National U-7 schools championship held at Chennai in 2013- 1st (Gold)

Chennai GM open in 2019:First IM Norm

Delhi GM open in 2020:Second IM Norm, also first GM norm

Aeroflot Open in Moscow in 2020: Third and final IM norm

First IM norm at the Chennai Open 2019

The Delhi GM Open 2020, just before the pandemic struck, Pranesh scored his 2nd IM norm and also his first GM norm

The youngster played at the Aeroflot Open 2020 in Moscow and managed to achieve his final IM norm and become an IM at the age of just 13 years

Meeting the World Championship Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi

Pranesh was taught chess by his mother when he was very young. The boy immediately picked up chess and his parents decided to take him to the nearest chess academy. Until Pranesh was 10 years old he worked with S. Atulan as his trainer. The boy would spend hours enjoying the game. Pranesh's elder brother Dineshrajan, who is now in his 1st year of engineering in B.tech, also played chess and was decently strong (current Elo of 1912). This gave Pranesh a practice partner at his home itself!

Pranesh with his brother Dineshrajan
I remember doing this interview with Pranesh in 2018 at the Shaastra Rapid that took place in IIT-Madras. The boy had just beaten the experienced IM K. Rathnakaran! Pranesh could hardly speak English, but he showed the variations on the board and it showed to me what a big talent this boy already was!

When Pranesh started to get stronger, he joined the Chess Gurukul Academy by GM R.B. Ramesh. Pranesh says, "As soon as I began working with Ramesh sir, my game improved very quickly and I became an IM. I am working hard with him to become a GM now."

GM R.B. Ramesh posted this picture on 8th of July 2020 on Twitter and wrote: "Congratulations to young Pranesh for becoming India’s latest International Master! Lot of talent and determination."

We asked Grandmaster Ramesh about strengths of this young boy. This is what he had to say, "Extremely talented, very quick in thinking and calculating variations, can see very far ahead in analysis. Very original and a practical player. Got 2434 level rating in 2020 Aeroflot IM title n a GM norm. Since then has not played yet. Parents are not in great financial situation. He will come to Chennai for all the camps without fail. We recently had a camp with GMs and he was also a part of it and did very well."

Pranesh currently is an IM with an Elo of 2437 and 1 GM norm. Since March 2020 the boy hasn't been able to play a single rated game. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Pranesh vs Savchenko, Aeroflot 2020

The strong Russian GM has forgotten about development. How did little Pranesh finish him off with the white pieces?

Pranesh vs Alan Pichot, HD Bank Cup 2019

Black has just played his knight to f6. It seems like a good move because the pawn on e5 is pinned. However, it is a tactical error. How did Pranesh punish this move?

Speaking to ChessBase India, Pranesh said, "I want to become a Grandmaster soon and for that I have to travel abroad, because that's where the tournaments are happening right now." But finances are a big hurdle for the youngster. That's the reason why we have decided to give our October YouTube memberships fund of Rs.62,194 to the youngster. He has planned three tournaments in December 2021 and January 2022. They are Sunway Sitges Open 2021 and Lorca Open 2021 in Spain and Vergani Cup 2022 in Italy.

Details of the YouTube members of October 2021

We have had a total of 301 members with 73 pillars of chess, 2 promoters of chess, 25 supporters of chess, 36 boosters of chess, and 165 backers of Indian chess. Here are the details of all the members with their names and tiers of membership. 

1Sun TzuPillar of Indian Chess
2Sam ThomasPillar of Indian Chess
3chiranjibi sahooPillar of Indian Chess
4The Big Fat PandaPillar of Indian Chess
5Kalpak RautPillar of Indian Chess
6Naveen BharathwajPillar of Indian Chess
7ANOOP GPillar of Indian Chess
8Kishore HazarikaPillar of Indian Chess
9Vignesh SubramanianPillar of Indian Chess
10Aditya RangarajanPillar of Indian Chess
11vijay khatraPillar of Indian Chess
12Abhishek DeshpandePillar of Indian Chess
13Ashwin S. HebbarPillar of Indian Chess
14Madhuchethan RaoPillar of Indian Chess
15JORGE DAMASCENOPillar of Indian Chess
16Vishwajeet DagarPillar of Indian Chess
17SwapnilPillar of Indian Chess
18bichubootyPillar of Indian Chess
19Mihir SawantPillar of Indian Chess
20Shorya ChoudharyPillar of Indian Chess
21Mrityunjay JalanPillar of Indian Chess
22John MathewPillar of Indian Chess
23Shreyas TawrePillar of Indian Chess
24Vamsi ChadaPillar of Indian Chess
25Ravi ChanPillar of Indian Chess
26Pranav KulkarniPillar of Indian Chess
27Rohit BhangalePillar of Indian Chess
28Just A Famous GuyPillar of Indian Chess
29Naveen KumarPillar of Indian Chess
30damnitPillar of Indian Chess
31shreyas gokhalePillar of Indian Chess
32Manaswi MishraPillar of Indian Chess
33Shashank SrikantPillar of Indian Chess
34NikemenPillar of Indian Chess
35sanket panaskarPillar of Indian Chess
36Saurabh DhamnaskarPillar of Indian Chess
37nishant panigrahiPillar of Indian Chess
38nabh choudharyPillar of Indian Chess
39nutan duttPillar of Indian Chess
40NitishPillar of Indian Chess
41Ajin CherianPillar of Indian Chess
42Sriraam RamakrishnanPillar of Indian Chess
43Karthik DinnePillar of Indian Chess
44Jay KhuntPillar of Indian Chess
45Asim KhanPillar of Indian Chess
46Aditya DesaiPillar of Indian Chess
47Vivaswan DamlePillar of Indian Chess
48Nikhil NaibPillar of Indian Chess
49Dan RuparelPillar of Indian Chess
50ruchir sutariaPillar of Indian Chess
51RahulMukerji09Pillar of Indian Chess
52Rohit PareekPillar of Indian Chess
53Joy DuttaPillar of Indian Chess
54Vini Vedi ViciPillar of Indian Chess
55Tony DaryPillar of Indian Chess
56Ankita KulkarniPillar of Indian Chess
57Sminil MahajanPillar of Indian Chess
58Tejas ChitnisPillar of Indian Chess
59Anas EdacherryPillar of Indian Chess
60Kiran IyerPillar of Indian Chess
61Ashwin JayaramPillar of Indian Chess
62shyammsmPillar of Indian Chess
63Dharmen ShahPillar of Indian Chess
64Arjun N BharadwajPillar of Indian Chess
65Santosh NenePillar of Indian Chess
66ZeusPillar of Indian Chess
67Sujit VarghesePillar of Indian Chess
68Sambit GhoshPillar of Indian Chess
69Keith MascarenhasPillar of Indian Chess
70Siddharth RanadivePillar of Indian Chess
71Sudarshan RanganPillar of Indian Chess
72Jaydeep ChakrabartyPillar of Indian Chess
73Ajeet prsinghPillar of Indian Chess
74Eesha DuttaPromoter of Indian chess
75CA Mohit SinghPromoter of Indian chess
76sri charanSupporter of Indian Chess
77Ballistic MissionSupporter of Indian Chess
78Siddalinga PillaiSupporter of Indian Chess
79Arvind RamnathSupporter of Indian Chess
80Murali PhaniSupporter of Indian Chess
81Suyash SwaroopSupporter of Indian Chess
82Mohith T SSupporter of Indian Chess
83Nishchay ShahSupporter of Indian Chess
84Arvind RamanSupporter of Indian Chess
85Mihir KananiSupporter of Indian Chess
86Manu TalwarSupporter of Indian Chess
87Rikin KhannaSupporter of Indian Chess
88Indian From SouthSupporter of Indian Chess
89rutvij bhavsarSupporter of Indian Chess
90hellking4uSupporter of Indian Chess
91Rajeev RanjanSupporter of Indian Chess
92Nishaad RaoSupporter of Indian Chess
93Sai GudigundlaSupporter of Indian Chess
94Gaurav BhattSupporter of Indian Chess
95Sanus PillaiSupporter of Indian Chess
96kshitiz lohaniSupporter of Indian Chess
97Sachin RanadeSupporter of Indian Chess
98varun kambleSupporter of Indian Chess
99Gokul RamanathanSupporter of Indian Chess
100Arunava BhattacharjeeSupporter of Indian Chess
101Ajit GoleBooster of Indian Chess
102Pranshav VyasBooster of Indian Chess
103Krishna PanditBooster of Indian Chess
104Kappa 322Booster of Indian Chess
105Ajeet SinghBooster of Indian Chess
106BHAGYASHREE KADUSKARBooster of Indian Chess
107Shashank AdhikariBooster of Indian Chess
108Pratik ShettyBooster of Indian Chess
109Raghav SinghBooster of Indian Chess
110IT_0052_LAKSHYA BHANOTBooster of Indian Chess
111SALIL. DEOGADEBooster of Indian Chess
112Diljeet Singh NarwalBooster of Indian Chess
113Mann SareenBooster of Indian Chess
114Himanshu BhasinBooster of Indian Chess
115Pratyush SharmaBooster of Indian Chess
116Shradhey TripathiBooster of Indian Chess
117SATHISH KUNCHIVEEDUBooster of Indian Chess
118Jai PanditBooster of Indian Chess
119Prakhar GuptaBooster of Indian Chess
120Ankush DhyaniBooster of Indian Chess
121BunnyEatWorldBooster of Indian Chess
122Akshit JohryBooster of Indian Chess
123Tanmay DeviBooster of Indian Chess
124Rohit KulkarniBooster of Indian Chess
125YashBooster of Indian Chess
126FlashBin GamingBooster of Indian Chess
127Pranay SheshakBooster of Indian Chess
128MrinmayBooster of Indian Chess
129Akshay ShenoyBooster of Indian Chess
130Tapan KrishnaBooster of Indian Chess
131Mahesh ParabBooster of Indian Chess
132Anish RainaBooster of Indian Chess
133SUDARSHAN K MBooster of Indian Chess
134avant jainBooster of Indian Chess
135Abhishek JainBooster of Indian Chess
136Siddharth SenBooster of Indian Chess
137Sayantan GhoshBacker of Indian Chess
138SUPRIYA KAPASBacker of Indian Chess
139CHAPABacker of Indian Chess
140SURYA NARAYAN ACHARYABacker of Indian Chess
141Abhishek RaiBacker of Indian Chess
142d sBacker of Indian Chess
143Sharwar HussainBacker of Indian Chess
144abhishek bhandariBacker of Indian Chess
145Aditya MishraBacker of Indian Chess
146Chinmay DhopateBacker of Indian Chess
147GUPTA BIHARIBacker of Indian Chess
148Harsh GalaBacker of Indian Chess
149Chinmay KelaskarBacker of Indian Chess
150Phoenix AsimovBacker of Indian Chess
151Subbu VcsBacker of Indian Chess
152Amit NakodBacker of Indian Chess
153Abhishek DamleBacker of Indian Chess
154AyanBacker of Indian Chess
155Sumalya BhattacharyaBacker of Indian Chess
156Vivek MahtoBacker of Indian Chess
157Hitansh ShahBacker of Indian Chess
158Aditya ChandrayanBacker of Indian Chess
159Yash TiwariBacker of Indian Chess
160Atul BesraBacker of Indian Chess
161Arshad84Backer of Indian Chess
162RV CHESSBacker of Indian Chess
163J KumarBacker of Indian Chess
164Samyak JainBacker of Indian Chess
165Gourab GoswamiBacker of Indian Chess
166Neeraj NambudiriBacker of Indian Chess
167Aaditya PhadnisBacker of Indian Chess
168Arunabh ChoudhuryBacker of Indian Chess
169Kalpak ToleBacker of Indian Chess
170v.s.sivakumar SundrarajanBacker of Indian Chess
171Rabia SinghBacker of Indian Chess
172Sandeep RoyBacker of Indian Chess
173Sourav BanerjeeBacker of Indian Chess
174Darin N.Backer of Indian Chess
175Srijan ChakrabortyBacker of Indian Chess
176Sudheer KumarBacker of Indian Chess
177ASHOK KumarBacker of Indian Chess
178Vinit MamaniaBacker of Indian Chess
179Akshay KulkarniBacker of Indian Chess
180Dhrunil ShahBacker of Indian Chess
181Bhagat MakhijaniBacker of Indian Chess
182Aditya PrakashBacker of Indian Chess
183Gautam TantedBacker of Indian Chess
184ANIME WITH SENSEIBacker of Indian Chess
185Sameer inamdarBacker of Indian Chess
186Yash PatelBacker of Indian Chess
187Kumar GauravBacker of Indian Chess
188Parth GaglaniBacker of Indian Chess
189Parth ThakkarBacker of Indian Chess
190harshit voraBacker of Indian Chess
191Spiritual Wisdom PHBacker of Indian Chess
192yash doshiBacker of Indian Chess
193anmol welpulwarBacker of Indian Chess
194AkshatBacker of Indian Chess
195agam dixitBacker of Indian Chess
196Srinivasan GopalanBacker of Indian Chess
197Radhakrishnan GopalanBacker of Indian Chess
198sarat pavanBacker of Indian Chess
199Deepesh KumarBacker of Indian Chess
200Soumyaranjan MishraBacker of Indian Chess
201Anirvan SenguptaBacker of Indian Chess
202Tube or Not TubeBacker of Indian Chess
203shas kBacker of Indian Chess
204shubham kumarBacker of Indian Chess
205Gunin KhannaBacker of Indian Chess
206Rahul ArvindBacker of Indian Chess
207gobletFireBacker of Indian Chess
208Mihir HasabnisBacker of Indian Chess
209malhar bhadbhadeBacker of Indian Chess
210Nitin DesaiBacker of Indian Chess
211Bhavik MakanBacker of Indian Chess
212franklin abrahamBacker of Indian Chess
213Aravind PathapatiBacker of Indian Chess
214Jalaj KumarBacker of Indian Chess
215Anand C UBacker of Indian Chess
216VS SBacker of Indian Chess
217Rahul GhosalBacker of Indian Chess
218David JamesBacker of Indian Chess
219Tanmay BuwaBacker of Indian Chess
220Bhargav SrinivasanBacker of Indian Chess
221Mr. N0B0DyBacker of Indian Chess
222soham parkhiBacker of Indian Chess
223Sandeep MadheshiyaBacker of Indian Chess
224KretosBacker of Indian Chess
225Nagesh AnthatiBacker of Indian Chess
226Purva SawantBacker of Indian Chess
227Rajat KamtekarBacker of Indian Chess
228Chairab MadaanBacker of Indian Chess
229devan sraBacker of Indian Chess
230Krishna CharBacker of Indian Chess
231ScaleTaleBacker of Indian Chess
232Muralikrishna GangarajuBacker of Indian Chess
233Abhishek DesaiBacker of Indian Chess
234Shaurya MathurBacker of Indian Chess
235RohanBacker of Indian Chess
236NaveenBacker of Indian Chess
237Georgy TsiklauriBacker of Indian Chess
238vedaant ranaBacker of Indian Chess
239GokulBacker of Indian Chess
240SANSAR RANABacker of Indian Chess
241Shiva KumarBacker of Indian Chess
242Rut MadgeriBacker of Indian Chess
243Jay DaveBacker of Indian Chess
244Raghava MadhwapathiBacker of Indian Chess
245Yash TandonBacker of Indian Chess
246Pranti BordoloiBacker of Indian Chess
247Srinath NarayananBacker of Indian Chess
248K.V.P.Varma KuchelapaatiBacker of Indian Chess
249Dhandeep LodayaBacker of Indian Chess
250KartikBacker of Indian Chess
251Akshay NatuBacker of Indian Chess
252Swapan KarmakarBacker of Indian Chess
253Smita AcharyaBacker of Indian Chess
254Harshil MittalBacker of Indian Chess
255Henal MerchantBacker of Indian Chess
256Sai Praveen GummadiBacker of Indian Chess
2572856RohitBacker of Indian Chess
258Swapnil SenBacker of Indian Chess
259thiedevilBacker of Indian Chess
260Nirvana GuhaBacker of Indian Chess
261Chandrasekhar S.Backer of Indian Chess
262Heman KunduBacker of Indian Chess
263Suraj RanawadeBacker of Indian Chess
264Hiren patelBacker of Indian Chess
265Abhishek AgarwalBacker of Indian Chess
266arun TaccodeBacker of Indian Chess
267Raj AgarwalBacker of Indian Chess
268Kiran Manohar MotupalliBacker of Indian Chess
269D SANDEEPBacker of Indian Chess
270Phani VarmaBacker of Indian Chess
271Raj SBacker of Indian Chess
272Pratip RaoBacker of Indian Chess
273Shubham ShahBacker of Indian Chess
274Chetan SureshBacker of Indian Chess
275Subodh PatilBacker of Indian Chess
276Kumar RoyBacker of Indian Chess
277Neel PatelBacker of Indian Chess
278Mansi NawlaniBacker of Indian Chess
279Harjaap SinghBacker of Indian Chess
280Lovesh TulsijaBacker of Indian Chess
281SiddhantBacker of Indian Chess
282Hardik RudaniBacker of Indian Chess
283Aseem GoelBacker of Indian Chess
284Anusheela DasBacker of Indian Chess
285Snehal PathakBacker of Indian Chess
286Arun JBacker of Indian Chess
287N MBacker of Indian Chess
288BeastStatsBacker of Indian Chess
289Neo0889Backer of Indian Chess
290GizmoGirlBacker of Indian Chess
291Aditya BankarBacker of Indian Chess
292Mayur GondhalekarBacker of Indian Chess
293Nikhil GoyalBacker of Indian Chess
294Anish KumarBacker of Indian Chess
295Pratyayan DasGuptaBacker of Indian Chess
296Shyamal patelBacker of Indian Chess
297Naman SharmaBacker of Indian Chess
298SuhitBacker of Indian Chess
299Poker PlayerBacker of Indian Chess
300Rijoy MukherjeeBacker of Indian Chess
301GaurabBacker of Indian Chess

 

The total amount after 30% YouTube deduction comes to Rs.62,194. A big thanks to all the people who have been members of ChessBase India. It's been a year since we launched memberships and we have been able to help so many talented youngsters in need of funds - Savitha Shri, Karthik Venkat Krishna, Pranav V. , Ilamparthi, Sanjay Sivakumar, Marimuthu and now Pranesh.

Prakhar Gupta contributes Rs.45,000

When it comes to playing three tournaments in Europe the costs are quite high. That's the reason why we have decided to add Prakhar Gupta's Rs.45,000 to the October YouTube memberships fund and bring the total amount to Rs.107,194 which will be given to Pranesh.

Prakhar is a social commentator and a cultural critic. He’s been a popular public figure in the public speaking and personal development domain for over 5 years.

Prakhar Gupta played chess when he was young and has a FIDE rating of 1461. He came back to chess in the lockdown and finished 3rd at the Comedians on Board 5 event organized by Samay Raina. Prakhar received Rs.90,000 for his effort, out of which he gave Rs.45,000 to Sahil Tickoo (his trainer) and Rs.45,000 to HelpChess Foundation, which we are using for Pranesh. Speaking to ChessBase India, Prakhar said, "I am very happy that the amount is being used for Pranesh. I hope he gets his GM norms soon and becomes the next GM of India."

We hope that Pranesh achieves his GM title soon and keeps on moving on his journey towards becoming a world class player

We want to thank Prakhar and each and every person who has become a member of ChessBase India for their immense support. By using the amounts carefully and in a diligent manner, we together can make a huge difference! If you think we are doing good work, you can be a part of this community by clicking on the link below. We will make sure that your money is used to power chess in the country.

Become a member of the ChessBase India YouTube channel

The HelpChess Foundation of ChessBase India is now an 80G recognized Charitable Trust. This means that if you contribute directly to it, you will get tax benefits. If you would like to help Pranesh or any other chess player, you can write to us at and we will respond immediately. chessbaseindia@gmail.com

 

Here are a few details of the HelpChess Foundation:

A. Bank Details

Account Name: Helpchess Foundation

Account Number: 50200059926281

IFSC Code: HDFC0000118

B. UPI Details

UPI ID:helpchessfoundation.99750682@hdfcbank

Merchant Name: HELPCHESS FOUNDATION

C. Helpchess Foundation Details

Name: Helpchess Foundation

PAN number:  AACTH4426K

12A Registration - AACTH4426KE20215 dated 23/09/2021   

80G No - AACTH4426KF20213 

(Donations are eligible for deduction under Sec. 80-G of Income Tax Act.)

Address: 301, Damji Shamji Trade Center, Kirol Road, Vidyavihar west Mumbai - 400086

Contact Number: 7304087464 

D. Donor Details

When you contribute we need the following details as a part of the details that need to be submitted for 80G benefits.

1. Name of the Donor

2. PAN of the Donor

3. Address of the Donor

4. Amount of Contribution 

5. Purpose of Donation (Please specify if you want to donate to a specific person or a purpose else, the donation will be considered as a general donation)


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