Vaishali Rameshbabu, at 22 years old, has achieved a significant milestone by crossing 2500 rating points and earning the Grandmaster title at the IV El Llobregat Open in Spain. This accomplishment marks her as only the third female Grandmaster from India.
Impressive Performance at the Tournament
Vaishali showcased her exceptional skills by defeating Turkish FM Tamer Tarik Selbes (2238) in the second round, securing her Grandmaster title. She commenced the tournament with two consecutive wins, highlighting her prowess on the chessboard.
A Quote from the Grandmaster
Expressing her joy and determination, Vaishali mentioned, “I am very happy to finally complete the title. It’s just two rounds. I am also focusing on the tournament. But I am really happy with the GM title.”
Vaishali and her younger brother, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, have etched their names in history as the first-ever Grandmaster siblings pair. Notably, they are also the first brother-sister duo to make it to the Candidates.
Journey in Chess
Vaishali’s chess journey began under the guidance of her father, Rameshbabu, an avid chess player himself. Recognizing her potential, he enrolled her in chess coaching at the age of five. With consistent hard work and determination, Vaishali has now become a Grandmaster.
Training and Achievements
Under the mentorship of grandmaster RB Ramesh at Chennai’s Bloom Chess Academy, Vaishali and Praggnanandhaa honed their skills. Their parallel success includes medals in various competitions, such as double Bronze in the Olympiad and double Silver in the Asian Games.
Recognition and Congratulations
Vaishali’s achievements have garnered praise from the chess community, with notable figures like Harika Dronavalli and Susan Polgar extending their congratulations. The chess world celebrates the historic feat of the first brother-sister duo to achieve Grandmaster titles.
Vaishali’s journey, marked by early successes, including winning the Asian Youth Chess Championships in 2015, now adds the prestigious Grandmaster title. As she sets her sights on the candidates, Vaishali aims to continue making strides in Indian women’s chess.
Vaishali Rameshbabu’s accomplishment not only adds a new chapter to her personal journey but also contributes to the broader narrative of women’s achievements in Indian chess. The chess community eagerly anticipates her future contributions to the sport.
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