Darpan Inani set out to conquer the west in his month long tour of Europe in July-August,2018. He had been returning to competitve play after a gap of about a year and a half due to his Chartered Accountancy Final Exams, but the boy left no stone un-turned to accomplish what he had always desired to become, India's first 100% visually challenged International Master.
During his tour, he competed in three sighted open tournaments. In these, he played against some extremely strong opposition and did not disappoint. He increased 46 ELO Rating points overall and 30 in a single event, where he became India's first visually challenged player to win an international category prize(1800-2000). He has now become the country's highest rated blind player and returned to the 2000 ELO Rating bracket(2015 effective from September,2018).
What's remarkable is the fact that he came from a break in tournament play but managed to win some fantastic games. He undertook a short training camp with GM Srinath Narayanan a few weeks prior to leaving for Europe. One can only wonder where he gets so much energy from. With a record that only few can match, this young man has the potential to do the unthinkable. It's not long before we, as a country with over a billion citizens and residents, get our first visually challenged International Chess Master.
Project Checkmate would like to congratulate Darpan for his fantastic results and wishes you the best for your future. It would also like to thank you for your continued support towards its work and project.
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