Darpan Inani was all of three when he got the Steven Johnson Syndrome, leaving him 100% visually challenged. However, this young man has left no stone un-turned in his life. The 24 year old has won the bronze medal at the World Junior Chess Championship for the Blind in 2013, the National Blind Premier in 2010, the Gujarat state tournaments, and has also represented the country at four Olympiads for the blind, being the youngest ever to do so in the history of the country.
Besides his accomplishments in the chess world, Darpan has done the unthinkable. He had secured the 99.75 percentile in his grade 12 board exams and had been admitted into almost all the IIMs except Ahmedabad. He wants to become a chartered-account and India's first visually challenged international master. He has appeared for his CA Finals in May,2018 and has now taken a month long tour to Europe to compete at the strongest of tournaments in order to improve his game and get his performance to the next level to become an International Master(IM).
Darpan's tenacity is hard to defeat and it goes without saying that this man, who was also the face of the 2014 Documentary-film 'Algorithms' by 'Ian Mcdonald', is going to make some big waves in the vast oceans of chess, if he hasn't done that already. Project Checkmate is proud of his spirit, energy, enthusiasm, and work ethic. We wish him the very best for the future.