A key chess game which helped Nihal Sarin earn his final GM norm


The amazing thing is his opponent, a strong chess grandmaster, did not really make any "major" mistake. He slowly and patiently converted a better position, something which many young chess players are unable to do.

IM Nihal, Sarin (IND) - GM Parligras, Mircea-Emilian (ROU)

Abu Dhabi Masters 2018 - Round 6

1 d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 c6 7. Qc2 Be7 8. e3 Nh5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Rb1 g6 11. Be2 Nb6 12. O-O Bf5 13. Bd3 Bxd3 14. Qxd3 O-O 15. b4 a6 16. Nd2 f5 17. a4 f4 18. e4 dxe4 19. Ncxe4 Nd5 20. Rfe1 Rae8 21. Nf3 Qc7 22. b5 axb5 23. axb5 Nhf6 24. Nxf6+ Nxf6 25. Rec1 Qd6 26. bxc6 bxc6 27. Qc4+ Qd5 28. Qxc6 Qxc6 29. Rxc6 Rc8 30. Rxc8 Rxc8 31. h3 h6 32. Nh4 Rd8 33. Nxg6 Rxd4 34. Ne7+ Kh7 35. Rb7 Rd1+ 36. Kh2 Nh5 37. Nf5+ Kg6 38. Nh4+ Kg5 39. Nf3+ Kf6 40. Rb6+ Kg7 41. Ne5 Nf6 42. Rb7+ Kg8 43. Ng4 Nxg4+ 44. hxg4 Rd6 45. f3 Rd4 46. Re7 Rd6 47. Re4 Rf6 48. Kh3 Kg7 49. Kh4 Kg6 50. Rb4 Kg7 51. Kh5 Ra6 52. Rxf4 Ra2 53. Rb4 Rxg2 54. Rb7+ Kf6 55. Rb6+ Kg7 56. Rg6+ Kf7 57. Kxh6 Rf2 58. Rg7+ Kf8 59. Ra7 Rxf3 60. g5 Rg3 61. Kg6 Rg1 62. Ra8+ Ke7 63. Rg8 Rg2 64. Kh7 Kf7 65. g6+ Kf6 66. Rf8+ Ke7 67. g7 1-0

Nihal Sarin is a 14-year-old Indian Chess Grandmaster. He is the 12th youngest chess grandmaster in chess history.

Nihal was the 2014 World Under-10 Chess Champion, winning the title ahead of several talented peers in Durban, South Africa.

Nihal was born on 13 July 2004 at Thrissur. He spent his first few years in Kottayam in Kerala.

He could recognize the capitals and the flags of all the 190 odd countries by the age of three. By the time he was in upper kindergarten, he was speaking fluently in English. By the time he turned six and enrolled into the first standard he knew the multiplication tables till sixteen.

Nihal learned chess at the age of five. In order to not make him feel bored during school vacations, his father introduced Nihal to a chess set and his grandfather A.A. Ummar taught him the rules at Kottayam where he was a student of Excelsior English School.

Nihal was formally taught chess by Mathew P. Joseph Pottoore, the school’s chess coach who instructed once a week in the beginning and later became the most influential person in Nihal's early chess development.

Source: Wikipedia