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Never lose hope.....

Hope is something that everyone should have. We must always be optimistic and look to fight it out till the end. We must always believe that there can be a way out. We must always tell ourselves that the universe will come to our rescue if it is in our destiny. Each and every minute and second of our lives should be filled with hope and optimism. We must believe that WE CAN DO IT,JUST DO IT. Only then can we actually achieve something.
I have experienced this quite a few times when I was in a losing position but since I had the optimism and hope that I would somehow manage to win,I actually sent a message to the universe saying that please make me win. I tried my best, gave my best and got the best. It was a moment to remember when I actually won a match when I was in a losing position. It gives me the confidence to improve and become better every day.
So I hope that this will give you some direction to being optimistic and having the amount of hope that will make you win in the race…

Delhi State Chess Championships 2015....

The Delhi State Chess Championships are held in annually in the months of April-May. The tournaments are organised by the Delhi State Chess Association under the auspices of the All India Chess Federation and FIDE. There are numerous categories. This year I played in 5 events namely-
The Women's Open, the Amateur Open, the Girls u-19, the Girls u-17 and the school teams u-19 category.
I won the second position in the school teams and stood fourth in the women's open thereby qualifying for the National Women Challengers. In the Girls u-19 I stood fourth and also qualified for the junior nationals while in the Girls U-17 I stood sixth and made it to the state team for the nationals.
The State Championships are the most awaited events of the year in my city Delhi and I look forward to playing in them each year.
The journey to the State Championships started way back in 2009 when I had just begun to play the game. From finishing in the rock bottom when I had started off to winnin…

IAYP Journey

The International Award for Young People is an award programme headed by the Duke of Edinburgh.It is an award for young people between the ages of 14-25. I started the programme in December 2013 and have enjoyed my experience thoroughly.There are three levels of the award program- Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level has its own rules and regulations. There are four sections that one needs to complete in each level namely Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventure Journey. In addition to these four sections there is another section in the Gold level which is a residential project. I completed the bronze level in July 2014 and it took me three months to complete it which is the time frame in which we are required to complete this level. I am currently pursuing the silver level and plan to go for the Gold.
The IAYP program has taught me new things and has made me get better at them. With a constant battle to fill the diary one has to do his/her tasks seriously. Though the Award …

The IPTL and CTL return to India this year

The IPTL and CTL will be back in India this year as well. Both the leagues which were started last year by Mahesh Bhupati and Vijay Amritraj respectively have done well to popularise the game in Asia. Being a tennis buff, I went to watch the matches held in New Delhi last year. In fact it was my birthday on one of the match days and I got to meet the best players on that day in ITC Maurya, the official hotel for the players. I got a huge tennis ball signed by the players including Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Gael Monfils, Goran Ivanesvic,Carlos Moya and numerous others.
The matches were unreal. I got to see Roger and Novak playing live in the Indira Gandhi stadium,coincidently the same stadium and venue where I had played the Asian Schools Chess Championship in 2011 and 2012.
I went there everyday during the course of the championship and had lots of fun. It was also an experience to see Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan the Bollywood heroes supporting tennis by gracing the eve…

Nationals 2015

This year I represented the Delhi State in the National U-17 Chess Tournament held in Bengaluru, Karnataka from the 3rd- 11th of October 2015. It was held in a beautiful venue and was one of my favourite tournament experiences. The tournament was a strong one with more than sixty players competing in the girls section. We played a total of eleven rounds on a swiss system format. The whole experience of playing in a National tournament and representing your state was a wonderful feeling and gave me immense pride and joy to do better. I played confidently which was most important for me and gained some valuable experience. I got to play with some strong players and each game taught me something new. I also learnt true sportsmanship and gamesmanship as the tournament was extremely particular about these aspects of the game. I also got a chance to get my games played live on monroi and had the joy of seeing my name in the newspaper a couple of times. It was a great inspiration to strive …