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Aim each move in chess for better results: Nebolsina

V.V. Subrahmanyam


World Junior Chess Champion coaches select players in Hyderabad


Vera Nebolsina

HYDERABAD: World junior chess champion Vera Nebolsina of Russia arrived in India, without her baggage, from Russia via Qatar, thanks to the indifference of the airlines. But, the articulate chess prodigy was not short of interest while giving valuable tips to select players at the Cyber Chess Academy in the city on Thursday.

Within hours on arrival, Nebolsina was engaged in simultaneous chess with whom she strongly believes to be future champions, given the talent in them. Unlike many of her Russian counterparts, she is fluent in English. “Well, I was in China for two years to pursue my University studies before going back home. I am a student of International Relations in Novosibirsk State Technical University in my hometown,” she said.

Interestingly, Nebolsina is happy to be in the State from where World No.2 Koneru Humpy hails. “I rate her as the strongest woman player, and [she] will win the world championship very soon. She is an exceptional player with great skills in positional and strategic play,” she said.

What made this Russian champion to come to the city? “Well, two years ago, during a tournament in Portugal, IM Lanka Ravi mooted this idea,” says the world junior champion. “Coaching is not new to me, having watched my mother run the Academy for quite some time now,” says Nebolsina, who will fly back to Delhi for an international tournament next month.

“Every player should remember that each piece on the chess board has its own value and every move should only enhance that for better results,” is Nebolsina’s philosophy. “I was taken by surprise by some of the moves these young kids came up against me. They just need to put in hard work and more exposure to be much better players,” she said. “Essentially, they should dream big, work hard to achieve the goals,” signed off the Russian before another round of simultaneous chess.

Lanka Ravi, the first International Master from Andhra Pradesh who runs the Academy, hopes that this wonderful camp by Nebolsina will only see him produce many more champions.


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