Abhimanyu started playing chess when he was only
Five and Half year old, and has been passionate
about the game from the start. He is a student of
Symbiosis Primary School and also likes playing
football. He started receiving coaching from
International Master Chandrashekhar Goghale who has
a vast experience of international competitions.
Chandrashekhar Sir also emphasizes physical
exercises for Abhimanyu to develop stamina to sit
through four to six hours of play without losing
Abhimanyu’s entry for the championship tournament in
Greece was almost accidental. He caught the eye of
Raghunandan Gokhale, eminent coach and winner of the
‘Dronacharya Award’, at a workshop arranged by
Chandrashekhar Gokhale for his students. He appealed to
Abhimanyu’s parants to send him to Greece.
Abhimanyu’s parents put up their own funds and endured
visa hassles to acomplish their task and Abhimanyu
justified everyones faith in him by besting powerful
players and winning the Gold.
started at Halkidiki, Greece, when Abhimanyu Puranik,
barely seven years old little boy displayed a level of
skill that surpassed an individual even twice his age,
won the Gold Medal with 9 out of 9 points in the
under-seven category at World School Chess
Championship-2007 here. He also helped the Indian
contingent bag Gold for overall team title.
The World Chess Organization has offered him with the
title 'Candidate Master'. This is the result of hard
work put in by both Abhimanyu and his coach
International Master Chandrashekhar Gokhale.
His passion for chess started when he was only five & a
half years. He was first introduced to the game and
within six months of taking it up won the District
Championship in his age group with full points. The
young chap is a student of Symbiosis Primary School.
favorite Chess players are Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus
According to his coach Chandrashekhar Gokhale, Abhimanyu
is very talented and it is just a beginning, and he has
a long way to go. If his steadily increasing pile of
certificates is any indication, this new kid on chess
circuit is definitely all set to go places. In a cricket
obsessed country like ours, other sports often end up
without a mention. More sponsorships from the corporate
sector would surely benefit the game.