Chandigarh chess wizard soars high

Perhaps in a very long time,Tarini Goyal has so much time to spend on swimming,cycling and solving puzzle game on her computer.

Written by Tashi Lundup | Chandigarh | Published: October 16, 2012 3:56 am

Perhaps in a very long time,Tarini Goyal has so much time to spend on swimming,cycling and solving puzzle game on her computer. Hectic schedules and commitment to chess never allows her to indulge in such normal activities. But whenever she gets free time from the strenuous schedule,she is all game for it.

Even though Tarini is free and enjoying schooling and her favourite activities,inside her mind,a year without any major title must constantly be playing hard. Such has Tarini’s reputation for putting competitive bite into the game grown over the last years that nothing less than gold is expected from her wherever she goes. But she is young,talented and still growing,still learning.

2012,by her own standards,was a rather subdued and average year for her. Barring the seventh finish in the Asian Youth Chess Championship held at Colombo,Sri Lanka,and the bronze medal which she won at National Under-11 chess championship at Jamshedpur,plus few medals at the state level champions,Tarini had not a great year. She would rather like to rewind to last year,,her breakthrough year, and the one before that in which she made numerous turn with consistent performance. Just a few days ago,she led Sacred Heart-26,her school,to gold in the chess tournament at Mini Olympics.

Tarini’s way is to push the frontier and break the stereotypes,but even she is finding it hard to repeat last year’s acts. “It has been an average year. The bronze medal at Jamshedpur was my best performance this year,” shared the hugely talented player.

But her best performance this year has certainly provided her another opportunity to accelerate her growth at the Asian and World level,as Tarini has got seeding for the Asian and the World Youth Championship to be held next year. Success has already come at the Asian level as she bagged two team gold,two individual silver and one bronze medal in the 2011 edition,but winning a gold medal at the world level has still remained elusive. In her debut at world chess championship,she finished 23rd and the following year she took the 13th place-a far better performance from her.

“Right now,I want to win gold in World Youth championship and perhaps later on I would try my luck at World chess championship at the senior level,” quipped the 11- year-old. Before playing at the senior level,there are many more hurdles to clear,many stairs to climb and many more armoury to add to her repertoire before she can dream of becoming like her idol,Vishwananthan Anand. A meeting with the chess legend earlier this year was the spark she needed to light her booming career. She has already achieved success at such a tender age and the titles of Women FIDE Master and Women Candidate Master given to her by the World Chess Federation (FIDE),shows she is moving in the right direction. Her current FIDE ELO rating is 1674.

Key to success

Tarini is like any other normal girl. However,there is one thing that sets her apart from others: her desire,dedication and hardwork to excel. Six years ago,when she was first introduced to chess by her father Aashish Goyal,she would sit by the checkered table and play chess for just an hour in a day. When success followed,she started devoting more time to sharpen her skills and now it is daily 2-3 hours of practice with her sister Arunima. Like Tarini,Arunima is also a budding chess talent from the city. Sister,best friend,guide- Tarini sees her sister in various avatar.

“Having her by my side is a huge advantage. She exposes me to various situations and tells me how to deal a certain situation and what strategy to adopt,” shared Tarini,who studies at Sacred Heart School,Sector 26. Swimming and cycling,her way to keep physically fit,is never complete without Arunima.

Success on the chess board has also translated into success in the field of academics as,according to Tarini,she is good at studies. The ability to deal with complex situations in matches has certainly provided her an edge to solve complex problems in academics too.

Right now,Tarini wants to make redemption for the lost opportunities and end the year on a high. Almost two months from now,Tarini will compete in the 8th Asian Schools Chess Championships 2012 (under-5,under-7,under-9,under-11,under-13,under-15 & under-17) to be held at New Delhi in December. That is the tournament where success is guaranteed as the gold medals (individual and team event) in the last edition of the meet will certainly give a boost to her morale.

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