The Young Indian player Nihal Sarin, 16, has emerged as the winner in the Chess.com’s 2020 Junior Speed Online Chess Championship. He beats the Russia’s world junior No. 6 Alexey Sarana 18-7 in the final. On the way to the title, sarin defeated American Andrew Tang, Australia’s Anton Smirnov and Armenian Haik Martirosyan
The five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand praised Sarin, “Nihal is one of the world’s fastest juniors, and this result confirms it.” An amount of USD 8,766 has been given as prize money. The title has enabled him to qualify for the 2020 Speed Chess Championship Final, the championship features the world’s best players. To be noted are the Past winners of the Speed Chess Championship including Magnus Carlsen (2017) and Hikaru Nakamura (2018, 2019). For the surprise, Indian Sarin has lost in the first round of the 2019 Junior Speed Chess Event. Sarin is a former world Under-10 champion in 2014 in Durban, South Africa and silver medal winner in U-12. He will join the Indian men’s team in the Asian Online Nations (Regions) Cup Team Championship that begins on Saturday.
Sarin has bagged gold medals in 2013 World Youth Blitz Chess Championship (U-10) in UAE and 2014 Asian Youth Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He was conferred the Candidate Master title by FIDE for his 9/11 score at the World Youth Chess Championship at Durban, South Africa in September, 2014. In 2017 World Youth Chess Olympiad, he has secured a silver and an individual gold on board three.