A young lad of 21 born to a Nepalese father and a Russian mother is the new sensation in the cerebral world of international chess.
Grandmaster at the mere age of 14, the prodigal young man beat five-time World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand at Bilbao in Spain on October 30. In a media interview, he later confessed it was players like Mr Anand who inspired him to pursue the game of chess.
In that respect, he beat his own hero. A stupendous feat of achievement for a guy who was born as recently as 28 June 1994.
The iconic Indian Grandmaster himself is on record to have acknowledged the talent of the promising champion of Nepalese origin. Speaking to Times of India about his preparation for the Candidates Tournament to be held in March 2016, Mr Anand said, “It’s a tough tournament and this year we have a lot of new young players like Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura, all of whom are below 30. The youngsters are really breaking in.”
The fact that Young Giri’s name came first and foremost to the mind of a genius like Viswanathan Anand is a testimony to the promise the Dutch champion holds. Of course he proved his mettle way early in his career when he was awarded the Dutch Chess Championship four times and then moved on to represent the Netherlands at three consecutive Chess Olympiads – 2010, 2012 and 2014.
His press interviews provide an insight into why he is so good at it. He apparently started chess when he was only seven and was soon captivated by legends in the game.
“He was the youngest GM in the World at that time and the 14th youngest in chess history at this moment. He is the youngest ever Grandmaster in the chess history of Soviet Union/Russia and the Netherlands (when he achieved his third GM norm, he was affiliated with Russian Chess Federation; currently he is affiliated with Dutch Chess Federation),” his personal website claims, detailing Mr Giri’s almost unreal list of achievements.
The Grandmaster is known to be fluent in Russian, English, and Dutch whereas so far as his father’s mother tongue (Nepali) is concerned, he ‘has a good knowledge’ of it. He also has workable Japanese and German. In other words, he is a perfect polyglot. He spent is childhood in St. Petersburg where he was born and then in Sapporo, Japan. He migrated to Holland in 2008 with his family where his father is an engineer while mother looked after him and his two sisters.
He tied a chessy knot on July 18 with Georgian chess player Sopiko Guramishvili. She is a renown player in her own right with the 2009 Woman Grandmaster title to her credit.
Sanjay Giri, his father, holds a PhD in river research and works at Delft in the Netherlands while mother, also a highly-educated woman in similar academic field, is a full-time housewife looking after his two sisters. While rest of his family live in the picturesque Dutch town of Rijswijk, the young man lives in the Hague with his beloved wife.