The Golden era of Indian chess: Players born in 1981-83
Himanshu Sharma, born in 1983, achieved his GM title just a few days ago. IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni got nostalgic at this point and tried to recollect all the top players with whom he had fought from his younger days and how they have fared in their chess careers. In this article you get to know about the players born in 1981-83. In some way these three years can be said to be the golden era of Indian chess because the talents that were produced in this period still keep the Indian flag flying high in the world of chess!
Congratulations Himanshu for becoming the 47th grandmaster from India and 1st from the state of Haryana! Born in 1983, Himanshu comes from an era of players born in 1981-83 who have excelled at chess and have made the country proud on numerous occasions. (The numbers in the bracket are the years in which the players are born.)
Three stunning names:
Three stunning and noteworthy names that I would like people to know about are Beenish Bhatia (81), R. Karthik (81) and S. Vikramjeet Singh (82).
In 1994 Natl u-14 at Andehri Sports complex most of these biggies were playing including Sasikiran. Ganguly and Magesh were playing in the national under-12 section in the same hall at the same time. Do you know who was the top seed in the under-14 section? Beenish Bhatia! He was the strongest then, but was good in studies and eventually left chess.
The surprising winner of this national under-14 that I was talking about was S. Vikramjit Singh from Manipur! He would travel 4 days or so just to reach the city where the tournament would take place. With sheer merit he had surpassed all the big names to win that national title. Later for some practical issues back home his chess suffered and now he hasn't yet shown his real spark.
In national u-19 in 1998 or 99 when Sasikiran, Harikrishna, Bakre, Kidambi etc. were playing the boy who became the champion was R. Karthik (picture above) from TN! As pre-decided he soon left chess after this tournament.
This is the memory of my colleagues of 1981-83 who became IMs, GMs and made India proud. Himanshu's news made me feel like sharing it with you all.
About the author
Just like all the names mentioned in the article above, Vikramaditya Kulkarni (82) is well known in chess circles to be a special chesss talent. He is an International Master. Hailing from Mumbai, Viku (as his friends call him) is a great calculator. Based on his chess skills he reached a rating of 2465 in 2012. Currently he plays as well as coaches. We hope that he too like his contemporaries reaches the GM title.