Friday, 3 March 2017

Twelve-year-old Nihal Sarin becomes India's latest IM

Twelve-year-old Nihal Sarin becomes India's latest IM

All of 12 years and eight months, Nihal Sarin shares an interesting parallel with reigning(राज) world chess champion Magnus Carlsen. The Kerala boy has turned an International Master (IM) at exactly the same age that the current world No. 1 did, becoming one of the world's youngest players to do. Sarin attained (प्राप्त) his third and final IM norm at the ongoing Aeroflot Open in Moscow. Aged 10, fellow (साथी) Indian R Praggnanandhaa became the world's youngest IM last year. For attaining the IM title, a player has to secure three norms and a FIDE rating of at least 2400. Viswanathan Anand had turned IM at the age of 15 and Grandmaster (GM), a higher title which requires a rating of at least 2500, at the age of 18. Over the years, the average age of both IM and Grandmaster titles among players has progressively dropped. In 2014, Nihal won the classical Under-10 world title apart from the Asian Under-10 rapid and blitz(प्रबल आक्रमण) titles. 

Known to be a bundle of restless energy who often paces around the playing hall during games, and with maturity that well belies his age, Nihal has been counted as a bright prospect right from his early years in the sport. Senior national coach RB Ramesh while heaping praise ( प्रशंसा ) on Nihal pointed out that the likes of him and Praggnandhaa have raised the bar with their early breakthroughs.  

"Nihal is an extremely talented boy and we were certain that he would achieve this feat (करतब) pretty soon," Ramesh said. "This is great news for Indian chess and there's nothing more heartening (खुशी की बात) than to see the future of the sport in promising hands." 

heartening  खुशी की बात Definitions of hearten
make more cheerful or confident.
she was heartened to observe that the effect was faintly comic
synonyms: cheer (up), encourage, raise someone's spirits, boost, buoy up, perk up, inspirit, uplift, elate, comfort, reassure, buck up, pep up

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