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Shreya Hipparagi, the 12-year-old talent, gets the November fund of ChessBase India YouTube membership

by Sagar Shah - 04/02/2022

12-year-old Shreya Hipparagi is one of the brightest young talents of the country. She has won several medals at the state, national and international level. Hailing from a small village of Sankh on the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Shreya can go on to become a top chess player for the country. However, due to financial reasons, she is unable to pursue her chess career with vigour. That's the reason why we have decided to award the November 2021 YouTube membership fund of Rs.60,625 to Shreya for her chess improvement. Read the article and know more about this talented youngster. 

Rs.60,625 November 2021 YouTube Membership Fund won by Shreya Hipparagi

ChessBase India runs a vibrant and thriving YouTube channel and every month we have people who buy its memberships. The money that is received through memberships is used to support a talent each month

Membership TierAmount per month
Pillar of Indian Chess799
Promoter of Indian chess599
Supporter of Indian chess299
Booster of Indian chess199
Backer of Indian chess89

In the month of November 2021 we have had 292 members. We have 70 pillars, 5 promoters, 21 supporters, 36 boosters and 160 backers of Indian chess. These are the details of all of them:

S.NoMemberCurrent levelAmount
1Just A Famous GuyPillar of Indian Chess799
2Samuel PaulPillar of Indian Chess799
3NikaruPillar of Indian Chess799
4Kishore HazarikaPillar of Indian Chess799
5Sourav BanerjeePillar of Indian Chess799
6Kalpak RautPillar of Indian Chess799
7Mrityunjay JalanPillar of Indian Chess799
8Tejas ChitnisPillar of Indian Chess799
9Joy DuttaPillar of Indian Chess799
10Vivaswan DamlePillar of Indian Chess799
11Sambit GhoshPillar of Indian Chess799
12LAKSHYA BHANOTPillar of Indian Chess799
13Adwait AnandPillar of Indian Chess799
14Mr VGPillar of Indian Chess799
15Rakesh PaiPillar of Indian Chess799
16Sachin ShenoyPillar of Indian Chess799
17Rohan GanatraPillar of Indian Chess799
18chiranjibi sahooPillar of Indian Chess799
19Naveen BharathwajPillar of Indian Chess799
20Vignesh SubramanianPillar of Indian Chess799
21Abhishek DeshpandePillar of Indian Chess799
22Ashwin S. HebbarPillar of Indian Chess799
23Madhuchethan RaoPillar of Indian Chess799
24JORGE DAMASCENOPillar of Indian Chess799
25Vishwajeet DagarPillar of Indian Chess799
26SwapnilPillar of Indian Chess799
27bichubootyPillar of Indian Chess799
28Mihir SawantPillar of Indian Chess799
29John MathewPillar of Indian Chess799
30Shreyas TawrePillar of Indian Chess799
31Vamsi ChadaPillar of Indian Chess799
32Ravi ChanPillar of Indian Chess799
33Pranav KulkarniPillar of Indian Chess799
34Rohit BhangalePillar of Indian Chess799
35Naveen KumarPillar of Indian Chess799
36damnitPillar of Indian Chess799
37shreyas gokhalePillar of Indian Chess799
38Manaswi MishraPillar of Indian Chess799
39Shashank SrikantPillar of Indian Chess799
40SwehilPillar of Indian Chess799
41sanket panaskarPillar of Indian Chess799
42Saurabh DhamnaskarPillar of Indian Chess799
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45nutan duttPillar of Indian Chess799
46NitishPillar of Indian Chess799
47Ajin CherianPillar of Indian Chess799
48Sriraam RamakrishnanPillar of Indian Chess799
49Jay KhuntPillar of Indian Chess799
50Asim KhanPillar of Indian Chess799
51Aditya DesaiPillar of Indian Chess799
52Dan RuparelPillar of Indian Chess799
53ruchir sutariaPillar of Indian Chess799
54RahulMukerji09Pillar of Indian Chess799
55Rohit PareekPillar of Indian Chess799
56Vini Vedi ViciPillar of Indian Chess799
57Tony DaryPillar of Indian Chess799
58Ankita KulkarniPillar of Indian Chess799
59Sminil MahajanPillar of Indian Chess799
60Anas EdacherryPillar of Indian Chess799
61Kiran IyerPillar of Indian Chess799
62KolonNikiPillar of Indian Chess799
63shyammsmPillar of Indian Chess799
64Dharmen ShahPillar of Indian Chess799
65ZeusPillar of Indian Chess799
66Sujit VarghesePillar of Indian Chess799
67Keith MascarenhasPillar of Indian Chess799
68Siddharth RanadivePillar of Indian Chess799
69Sudarshan RanganPillar of Indian Chess799
70Ajeet prsinghPillar of Indian Chess799
71Ketan PhansePromoter of Indian chess599
72Kunal PednekarPromoter of Indian chess599
73Eesha DuttaPromoter of Indian chess599
74Travel with Nikhil RoshanPromoter of Indian chess599
75CA Mohit SinghPromoter of Indian chess599
76varun kambleSupporter of Indian Chess
77Aditya JyothilalSupporter of Indian Chess299
78Om PrajapatiSupporter of Indian Chess299
79Pratik ShettySupporter of Indian Chess299
80Murali PhaniSupporter of Indian Chess299
81Manu TalwarSupporter of Indian Chess299
82Mohith T SSupporter of Indian Chess299
83Arvind RamnathSupporter of Indian Chess299
84Suyash SwaroopSupporter of Indian Chess299
85Arvind RamanSupporter of Indian Chess299
86Indian From SouthSupporter of Indian Chess299
87rutvij bhavsarSupporter of Indian Chess299
88hellking4uSupporter of Indian Chess299
89Rajeev RanjanSupporter of Indian Chess299
90Nishaad RaoSupporter of Indian Chess299
91Sai GudigundlaSupporter of Indian Chess299
92Sanu Pillai VlogsSupporter of Indian Chess299
93kshitiz lohaniSupporter of Indian Chess299
94Sachin RanadeSupporter of Indian Chess299
95Gokul RamanathanSupporter of Indian Chess299
96Arunava BhattacharjeeSupporter of Indian Chess299
97MrinmayBooster of Indian Chess199
98Sandeep RoyBooster of Indian Chess199
99Kappa 322Booster of Indian Chess199
100Swapnil ParabBooster of Indian Chess
101Ajinkya DharapBooster of Indian Chess199
102Gaurav ChandiramaniBooster of Indian Chess199
103Himanka BoruahBooster of Indian Chess199
104Jayaprakash MBooster of Indian Chess199
105SUDARSHAN K MBooster of Indian Chess199
106avant jainBooster of Indian Chess199
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116Rakshank SavadattiBooster of Indian Chess199
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118Mann SareenBooster of Indian Chess199
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120SATHISH KUNCHIVEEDUBooster of Indian Chess199
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122Prakhar GuptaBooster of Indian Chess199
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124BunnyEatWorldBooster of Indian Chess199
125Akshit JohryBooster of Indian Chess199
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127YashBooster of Indian Chess199
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129Tapan KrishnaBooster of Indian Chess199
130Mahesh ParabBooster of Indian Chess199
131Abhishek JainBooster of Indian Chess199
132Siddharth SenBooster of Indian Chess199
133abhishek bhandariBacker of Indian Chess89
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135Suraj RanawadeBacker of Indian Chess89
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137Purva SawantBacker of Indian Chess89
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146MSGBacker of Indian Chess89
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155Indrajeet DevaleBacker of Indian Chess89
156Shivam ShahBacker of Indian Chess89
157Mandar TendulkarBacker of Indian Chess89
158barunhalder1231Backer of Indian Chess89
159Rishikesh KanegaonkarBacker of Indian Chess89
160Ranjank_RanjithBacker of Indian Chess89
161Skand TyagiBacker of Indian Chess89
162shahil satwaraBacker of Indian Chess89
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166Abhay SinghBacker of Indian Chess89
167HARSHAL PAGAREBacker of Indian Chess89
168Aditya JadhavBacker of Indian Chess89
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170Srijan ChakrabortyBacker of Indian Chess89
171Arun JBacker of Indian Chess89
172Akshit Kr NagpalBacker of Indian Chess89
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174Siddhant BhartiBacker of Indian Chess89
175EntertainmentBacker of Indian Chess89
176Vinit MamaniaBacker of Indian Chess89
177Lovesh TulsijaBacker of Indian Chess89
178Swapnil TelangBacker of Indian Chess89
179Hardik SharmaBacker of Indian Chess89
180GaurabBacker of Indian Chess89
181shvetank pandeyBacker of Indian Chess89
182Nitesh KumarBacker of Indian Chess89
183Dhairya KumarBacker of Indian Chess89
184Pratyayan DasGuptaBacker of Indian Chess89
185Amarnath B V NBacker of Indian Chess89
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187narayanan SBacker of Indian Chess89
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198Rabia SinghBacker of Indian Chess89
199Akshay KulkarniBacker of Indian Chess89
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207sarat pavanBacker of Indian Chess89
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228Bhargav SrinivasanBacker of Indian Chess89
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230GodOfWarBacker of Indian Chess89
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237Muralikrishna GangarajuBacker of Indian Chess89
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247Raghava MadhwapathiBacker of Indian Chess89
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249Pranti BordoloiBacker of Indian Chess89
250Srinath NarayananBacker of Indian Chess89
251K.V.P.Varma KuchelapaatiBacker of Indian Chess89
252Dhandeep LodayaBacker of Indian Chess89
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254Akshay NatuBacker of Indian Chess89
255Swapan KarmakarBacker of Indian Chess89
256Smita AcharyaBacker of Indian Chess89
257Henal MerchantBacker of Indian Chess89
258Sai Praveen GummadiBacker of Indian Chess89
2592856RohitBacker of Indian Chess89
260Swapnil SenBacker of Indian Chess89
261thiedevilBacker of Indian Chess89
262Chandrasekhar S.Backer of Indian Chess89
263Heman KunduBacker of Indian Chess89
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265arun TaccodeBacker of Indian Chess89
266Kiran Manohar MotupalliBacker of Indian Chess89
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275Harjaap SinghBacker of Indian Chess89
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279Anusheela DasBacker of Indian Chess89
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290Naman SharmaBacker of Indian Chess89
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292Rijoy MukherjeeBacker of Indian Chess89

The Total amount comes to Rs.60,625 after 30% deduction of YouTube charges. All of this amount will go to fund the chess journey of Shreya Hipparagi.

Who is Shreya Hipparagi?

The girl who has made India proud on numerous occasions - Shreya Hipparagi

Born in 2010, Shreya Hipparagi is just 12 years old (23rd January was her birthday). She is one of the talented youngsters of Indian chess. Here are some of her achievements:

1. Under-10 Asian Youth Championships 2020 - Silver Medal

2. Under-7 National Championships 2017 - Silver Medal

3. Under-9 National Championships - Bronze medal

4. National Schools under-11 Championships - Silver Medal

5. Under-8 Asian Youth Championships 2018 - Team Silver and Team Bronze

6. Under-8 Commonwealth Championships 2018 - Bronze medal

7. Under-12 Western Asian Championships 2021 - Silver Medal

Shreya has gained masssive rating in the last few months. In November 2021 she was rated 1273, and now she is 1552. It is clear that if she gets more opportunities, she will climb her way to the top.

Sankh is a village in Maharashtra, which is roughly 130 kilometres away from Sangli.

It's quite amazing that this young talent has developed without any real chess culture around her. It was Shreya's father, Guru Hipparagi who taught her chess.

Little Shreya (second from left) with her father, brother, elder sister and mother

A few days ago, we received a message from Shreya's father. Below is his message in Marathi and then translated to English:


"महोदय, मी. गुरु हिप्परगी(सहा. शिक्षक) राजाराम बापू पाटील माध्य. प्रशाला संख तालुका जत जिल्हा सांगली, असून माझे १७ जणांचे एकत्रित कुटुंब आहे. दोन भाऊ, आई, मुले असा परिवार आहे. भाऊ शेती करतात. जत हा दुष्काळी तालुका आहे. त्यामुळे त्या सर्वांच्या पालम पोषणाचे जबाबदारी माझ्यावर आहे. जत हा दुष्काळी तालुका असल्यामुळे शेती ही बेभरवशाची आहे. तसेच जत भाग कर्नाटकाच्या सीमेवर असल्यामुळे या तालुक्या कडे ना महाराष्ट्र शासनाच्या सोयीसुविधा आहेत ना कर्नाटक शासनाच्या. तसेच या भागात आम्ही सर्वजण कन्नड भाषिक आहोत व सांगली हे शहर आमच्या गावापासून 130 किलोमीटर अंतरावर असल्यामुळे स्पर्धेत सहभागी होण्यासाठी आर्थिक अडचण येत आहे. आपला विश्वासू श्री हिप्परगी जी एम"


The translation of the above is:


"Sir, I Guru Hippargi (Assistant Teacher) Rajaram Bapu Patil school, Sankh taluka, Jat district Sangli, have a family of 17 people. The family consists of two brothers, a mother and children. My brothers farm in Jat, which is a drought striken taluka. Therefore, I am responsible for the nutrition of all of them. Agriculture is unreliable as Jat is a drought prone taluka. Also, since Jat is on the border of Karnataka, this taluka does not receive support from the Governments of Maharashtra or Karnataka. Sangli is 130 kilometers away from our village, so it is difficult to participate in tournaments."

Yours faithfully, Mr. Hipparagi G. M.

Shreya's entire family

The family does have farms, but because of the drought like situation in Jat, the income keeps fluctuating

In spite of all the difficulties, Shreya has kept performing at national and international levels:

One of the proud moments for Shreya and her family was when she was felicitated at the Solapur railway station after she had won team silver in rapid and team bronze in blitz in Thailand in 2018

Shreya's chess skills have helped her travel the world

A big moment for the youngster was when she received the trophy at the hands of Vishy Anand at the IIFL Wealth Championships in Mumbai

Speaking to ChessBase India Shreya's father said, "I am grateful to the YouTube members of ChessBase India. This sponsorship will be very helpful and precious to us. We will spend the amount of sponsorship on the following expenses. 1. Tournament entry fees 2. Lodging and boarding expenses for tournaments 3. Travel expenses - By train or bus with accompanying person 4. Coaching fees


We are very grateful for your sponsorship and we assure you that we will spend the sponsorship amount only on Shreya's Chess."

Sumukh Gaikwad, who has been the first rated player from Solapur, is Shreya's trainer

Sumukh Gaikwad: "Shreya is very hardworking, calm and passionate about chess. So far, she has proved herself by winning various medals at state, national as well as international level. If she able to play a lot of FIDE rated tournaments, she will definitely achieve her goals and improve her rating. She also will bring more laurels to her town in the future. Shreya's father lives in a small village and works as a teacher in a secondary school. But due to his large joint family, he has a huge responsibility. He can spend a limited amount on Shreya’s chess. She desperately needs a sponsorship to participate in tournaments, as well as travel expenses, remuneration of the coaches etc. I am also teaching her on nominal honorarium. Shreya’s tournament schedule (tentative) for the year 2022 would be State and National Championships in her age group and at least 10 FIDE rated tournaments in India and if possible, international exposure trip."

One of India's most respected trainers IM Anup Deshmukh, also helps Shreya in her chess preparation

Anup Deshmukh: "I am working with Shreya since a year now. She is good at Rapid/blitz but she needs to work on her classical chess! I have played some online games with her and I think her defence can be improved a lot. Also her knowledge of opening theory is currently limited. But she has the potential to become a world class chess player. Her strengths are that she is very resourceful as a player and hence it's difficult to defeat her."

Some of Shreya's favourite games:

IM Sagar Shah tests Shreya Hipparagi!

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Previous articles on the YouTube Memberships funds ulitized

May 2021 fund for Savitha and Karthik Venkata Krishna

June 2021 fund for Pranav V.

July 2021 fund for Ilamparthi

August 2021 fund for Sanjay Sivakumar

September 2021 fund for K.Marimuthu

October 2021 fund for M. Pranesh

November 2021 fund for Shreya Hipparagi

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