Abhimanyu Puranik
Achieved 4th position at National U-11 chess Championship held at Ahmedabad.
Youngest player to win under 15 district championship with a round to spare.


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 concentration.

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.

It all 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.

His favorite Chess players are Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen.

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.


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