Kishan Gangolli is a 25 year old, 75% visually challenged chess champion. He has represented the country in a variety of strong tournaments and has won two Olympiad medals along with being the current Asian blind chess champion. His most remarkable achievement is of winning the Indian national championship for the Blind five times.
Kishan started competing at the age of 19, and finished sixth in his first World Juniors in 2011 in Greece. He represents the Karnataka State and has played as the captain for the State team in the National School Games and other team tournaments. He has also competed in strong rapid tournaments with sighted players and has won prizes in these events as well. With an ELO Rating of 1996(standard), 2042(rapid), and 2006(blitz), he is the highest rated visually challenged chess player in the country at the moment.
This young man has not only these remarkable chess achievements under his belt. He is a Master of Arts(MA) holder in Economics from the Kuvempu University in Karnataka, securing the second rank there. Recently, he was also appointed as the brand ambassador of Akshaykalpa , a milk product company based out of Bangalore,Karnataka.
Currently, Kishan is playing for the Indian team at the World Blind Team Championship at Sofia, Bulgaria. Project Checkmate wishes him the best for his career and would also like to thank him for sharing his tips to our students.
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