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Chess | Sahajasri ready for the next move

The target: Ch. Sahajasri’s next aim is to become a GM at the earliest.

The target: Ch. Sahajasri’s next aim is to become a GM at the earliest.  

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She became the first from Telangana to clinch the WIM title

Ch. Sahajasri celebrated a milestone when she became the first from Telangana to get the coveted Woman International Master title at the Czech Republic Open recently.

And the 23-year-old Sahajasri is already gunning for the next big one — the Grandmaster title.

“Yes, I have to sustain the level I have been playing at. It is imperative for me to take part in as many events as possible to win the GM title at the earliest,” said Sahajasri in a chat with The Hindu on Tuesday.

Target

“The target is to break the crucial ELO 2300 barrier (her ELO now is 2223).

“For this, I need to train hard and compete with the best,” said the Karimnagar-born girl.

“Frankly, the WIM title is not a surprise, given my recent form. But bigger challenges lie ahead.

“As we move into the next grade of competition, it gets tougher,” said Sahajasri, who admires World champion Magnus Carlsen. “For me, it boils down to the kind of financial support I can get to chase my dreams,” said Sahajasri, who is also an MBA graduate, searching for a job.

Funds

At present, her father is trying to raise funds to ensure Sahajasri’s passion for the sport does not diminish.

Sahajasri, meanwhile, is keen on improving her middle and end-game skills while she is comfortable with her openings variations.

“Though there has been a two-month break in online coaching with Israeli coach GM Victor Mikhalevski, I did benefit a lot in the preceding one year because of his training methods.

“I am a much-improved player ready to face bigger challenges now,” she concluded.

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