I want to keep the momentum going: Negi

Parimarjan NegiNew Delhi: Grand Master Parimarjan Negi (19) who won the Asian Continental Chess Championship on May 13 this year at Vietnam says with every victory his determination grows stronger and path becomes clearer.  Negi, who was part of the Indian team which beat Iraq to win the silver at Asian Nations Chess Cup later in month, attributed his success to hard work, resilience, determination and kind support of his parents.

Negi, who returned to the capital met journalists on Tuesday, and said it was a proud moment for him but he wants to continue working on his game and improve the quality of the game play.

He said, “My performance has improved over last couple of years and now I want to work on my consistency and keep on the momentum.  I haven't done anything different in this tournament. I guess it is a natural progression but also something that comes with effort. Psychologically I have become stronger.”

Negi said that losing a game at times becomes a great motivational factor. “No one likes to lose but it is unrealistic to think that something that will never happen to you. Of course when you do lose, it isn't as if you can pretend nothing is wrong. For a couple of hours you can take out your frustration and let your feelings out. But after that I simply get back to preparing for the next game”, he added.

Parimarjan is the second youngest ever Grand Master in the history of the game. He is the youngest ever Indian to achieve the Grand Master Title and International Master Title. Parimarjan made his first mark as a seven year old by the turn of the millennium and in less than a decade, has stormed to the highest echelons to join illustrious predecessors and contemporaries. 

In July 2005, he earned his third and final International Master norm at the Sort International open chess tournament in Sort, Spain. On 1 July 2006, at the age of 13 years, 4 months, and 22 days, he became the second-youngest GM ever, second only to Sergey Karjakin, when he earned his third and final GM norm at the Chelyabinsk Region Superfinal Championship at Satka in Russia. His FIDE rating as of January 2011 is 2641. On 6 January 2006, he received his second GM norm at the Hastings Chess Congress where he scored 6/10, a performance of 2568. Negi finished 16th when he was 12 years, 10 months and 29 days old.

In his pursuit of excellence, Parimarjan has added numerous youth medals in World, Asian, and Commonwealth championships. He has now become youngest ever Asian Individual champion at the age of 19 years.