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R Vaishali is excited about her official promotion to GM

Indian chess player R Vaishali was a Grandmaster long before the title was recently officially awarded to her by FIDE.

Vaishali completed the required 2500 ELO points Llobregat Open tournament in Spain and became only the third Indian woman, after Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli, to become GM.

However, the title was only officially awarded to her recently after the FIDE Council meeting at the Candidates Tournament in Toronto last month.

”After I got the title (Women’s GM), I knew that one day it would be changed to GM. I didn’t think much about the title,” she told PTI in an interview.

“Yes, it took a while before it became official, but I’m happy that the title is finally known. I was okay with it (the delay),” she added.

The 22-year-old is basking in the glory of her solid performance in the Candidates Tournament, where she won five consecutive matches to finish joint second. She became a women’s grandmaster in 2018 after achieving her final standard at the Riga Technical University Open in Riga, Latvia.

After waiting six years to finally earn the GM tag, Vaishali said she became a little insecure about the GM tag after her ratings stagnated due to a lack of competition during the COVID 19 pandemic.

”In between, I haven’t been able to play a single tournament for two years because of the (COVID-19) pandemic. But I was trying to improve my game all the time. I completed my International Master (IM) cycle after the pandemic (in 2021),” she recalls.

”Although I slowly improved my game, my rating stagnated. “There were some negative moments where I felt like I might not get the title, but people believed in me and helped me get it,” she said. Vaishali is the elder sister of R Praggnanandhaa, the 18-year-old who has been making waves for a while now. Together they became the first brother-sister duo to qualify for this year’s Candidates event.

Talking about her relationship with Praggnanandhaa, Vaishali said, “We talk about our games a lot, which is normal because we have been playing together since childhood.

”He helps me a lot with my game. It’s great to have such a strong player at home with whom I can discuss more about the game at any time.” When asked about the support she and her brother receive from their parents, Vaishali described them as their ‘ ‘greatest power”. .

”Our parents are the greatest strength for both of us. My mother usually accompanies us to our tournaments. She takes care of almost everything, and we continue to focus on our game,” she revealed.

”Our father arranges matters such as logistics, planning and finances. In fact, they both take care of most of our needs, which indeed helps us focus more on our game. I am very grateful to them.” Outside of chess, Vaishali is currently pursuing the PG Diploma course in Human Resource Management.

However, she has no qualms about admitting that she has no academic ambitions and is concentrating on professional chess, with this month’s Women’s Masters in Norway being her next assignment.

”I am in the final year of the Human Resource Management course, after completing my B.Com. But I have no academic ambitions. I just want to complete this PG and focus on full-time and professional chess.

”At the end of this month I will play the Women Masters in Norway. It is an exciting event as I would be competing in a new format, especially in time control, besides a few other tournaments,” concluded Vaishali.

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