Let's Chess, India, is founded by Arjuna Awardee, Grand Master Abhijeet Gupta, International Master Vishal Sareen, International Master Hemant Sharma and International Arbiter Amit Sharma.
Vishal Sareen was born in 1973 and took up chess at the age of ten in 1983. In 1986 he became the National Sub Junior Champion and represented the country for the first time in 1987 in the World Under-16 chess championship at Innsbruck in Austria.
Representing India on a few occasions thereafter and making a few International Master norms, he noticed the need for professional chess trainers in the country at an early age of 25 years and started working in the direction of learning the process which will improve the chess knowledge and skills of young and budding chess players.
From 2004 onwards, some of the best talents who would bring a glory to the nation in the future started getting trained under his methods with Abhijeet being one of them and in just a few years’ time he emerged as one of the better trainers that the country has produced.
He tutored Parimarjan Negi when he was not yet an International Master and became a Grandmaster under his training. Abhijeet was next to become a Grandmaster and then Sahaj Grover and Tania Sachdev followed suit.
In passing, Vishal has trained many players who became Grandmasters. Akshyaraj Kore was most notable as he achieved the feat in just one year of working together.
The focus is now to work on grass-root level and help young children reap the life-skill benefits of chess and also find the hidden talents and nurture them.
Abhijeet Gupta belongs to Bhilwara. When Abhijeet started taking up the game seriously, chess was not so popular in Rajasthan. However, since his successes in the past few years, many more youngsters are taking up the game in his home state.
Abhijeet was born on 16th October 1989. Father Ajay is a banker and mother Anjana is the homemaker!
His father introduced Abhijeet to the game of Chess when he was just five years old and he showed early sparks winning the under-9 national championship in 1997.
Abhijeet has won many laurels for the country, winning over 35 medals for the country in all in various World, Asian and Commonwealth Chess Championships in Sub Junior, Junior and Senior Category. Abhijeet is a Chess Olympiad Silver Medalist and four times Commonwealth Champion.
Abhijeet got his Grandmaster title by winning the Bronze medal in the Commonwealth Chess championship in 2007. Soon after he announced his arrival on the world stage.
In August 15, 2008, he won the World Junior Chess Championship in Gaziantep, Turkey, ahead of many other strong players, including Maxim Rodshtein, David Howell and Hou Yifan. He is the third Indian to win this prestigious championship, after Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna.
A former national champion working with several Indian talents.