My Chess Story: Ayush Prakash Jaiswal

14-year-old Ayush Prakash Jaiswal is an ethusisastic chess player from Rajasthan. He resides in N.A.B Delhi and studies in Tagore International School. [Photo: National Association for the Blind]


My life was as simple as anyone before I got to know how to play chess. It all started when I was 9 years old and one of my teachers in National Association for the Blind (NAB) provided me with a chess set and told me the general Indian names (Ghoṛā, Hāthī, Mantrī) of all the pieces.

Since then I loved the way people planned their moves before moving a piece.

I was so excited and I told my brother to teach me how to play. He taught me and from then I have been playing chess. He also told me the International names (Knight, Rook, Queen) of all the pieces.

Love for the game

Being a visually impaired person in every field we have some kind of exceptions or other. But in this game, we can compete with anybody throughout the world without any exception.

Chess enhances concentration power, this has been very helpful for me in studies.

This game gives me a great chance to explore my strategic techniques and it is a great way to meet new people.

Ayush played in the ChessMine Rapid + Blitz FIDE Rated Open tournament in August. He came all the way from Delhi to participate in this event. Due to his efforts, he successfully received his Rapid rating. [Photo: Project Checkmate]
I feel great as I received my Rapid chess rating, I was playing a Rapid tournament for the second time and first rated Rapid tournament with great grandmasters against me. I felt really great as I also received my standard chess rating in March 2017 after National B; these were really great moments for me.

Project Checkmate

Project checkmate is really a great initiative to improve the chess of differently abled children. It provides the children with basic knowledge about chess and gives a great boost to young talents.

GM Abhijeet Gupta interacting with Ayush in New Delhi. [Photo by Amruta Mokal]
Until Oct 2016, I’d practiced on my own and in the month of November I met Devanshi Rathi and learned a lot from her. And in my school, I got a great chance to learn from Jaideep Sharma Sir. They both taught me many things which I didn’t know before.

In school, I am trained by Jaideep Sir. Devanshi sends me chess books and positions to solve. Doing these exercises have immensely helped me to improve my game.

Ayush is a leading member of his school Chess team and is the captain of the N.A.B Chess Team. [Photo: Project Checkmate]


I really don’t know how many tournaments I have played but one memorable experience which I would like to share is that when I was playing National B, during the 8th round of the tournament I had a match with a guy who was bit overconfident.

I was having eye pain, I wanted to finish the game as quickly as possible. But, when I realized that this game is taking a while, I offered a draw to my opponent to which he refused in a very rude manner. Few moves later I offered him a draw again, this time he refused in a much arrogant manner. Then I said okay let’s play. I told him I am having eye pain due to which I will not feel the board and move, he agreed to that and I played blindfold.

I was determined to defeat him somehow in the game. And when I was dominating the position he offered me a draw then I said no and after 3 moves I won the game. 🙂

Final note

I am looking forward to North Zone and CBSE North Zone tournaments. I also wish to improve and advance my game.

One thing I would like to say to all the readers is that your efforts and experiences are treasures which will remain throughout the life with you. So whatever thing you are doing complete it with great determination.

Ayush Prakash Jaiswal is proudly supported by National Association for the Blind and Project Checkmate

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