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Sarayu Velpula gets the YouTube Membership fund for the month of January 2022

by Sagar Shah - 26/05/2022

Sarayu Velpula is an example of how a tremendous talent's progress can be slowed down because of lack of funds. Born in 2006, the young girl from Warangal, Telangana is currently rated around 1900. However, her talent is massive and this is attested by the fact that she has won two national titles (under-11 and 13) and beaten many top Indian juniors like Divya Deshmukh, R. Vaishali, Varshini, Savitha Shri, Rakshitta and many more. In order to help her speed up her progress and give her more opportunities, Sarayu gets the January 2022 YouTube fund of Rs.55,853. We also have two donors who combined have contributed Rs.15,502 additionally, which brings the amount to Rs.71,355. 

ChessBase India runs a YouTube channel which is frequented by millions of people. We have a membership program where all the money is spent to help one talented chess player in need of these funds each month. We began this initiative in December 2020 and towards the end of the article you will find all the links of the previous months where the YouTube membership funds have been utilized to help talents. The memberships on the channel are divided into 5 tiers:

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 January 2022 we have had 299 members. We have 62 pillars, 2 promoters, 22 supporters, 32 boosters and 181 backers of Indian chess. These are the details of all of them:

MemberAmountCurrent level
1Avik Bose799Pillar of Indian Chess
2HT TV799Pillar of Indian Chess
3Just A Famous Guy799Pillar of Indian Chess
4Anondo Das Gupta799Pillar of Indian Chess
5Kalpak Raut799Pillar of Indian Chess
6Mrityunjay Jalan799Pillar of Indian Chess
7Pushpjeet Cholkar799Pillar of Indian Chess
8Om Prajapati799Pillar of Indian Chess
9Phoenix514799Pillar of Indian Chess
10Prathamesh Mahajan799Pillar of Indian Chess
11puneet bhatia799Pillar of Indian Chess
12Sam Thomas799Pillar of Indian Chess
13Tejas Chitnis799Pillar of Indian Chess
14Joy Dutta799Pillar of Indian Chess
15Vivaswan Damle799Pillar of Indian Chess
16Asim Khan799Pillar of Indian Chess
17Shashwat Mishra.799Pillar of Indian Chess
18Jay Khunt799Pillar of Indian Chess
19Sambit Ghosh799Pillar of Indian Chess
20Mr VG799Pillar of Indian Chess
21chiranjibi sahoo799Pillar of Indian Chess
22Naveen Bharathwaj799Pillar of Indian Chess
23Vignesh Subramanian799Pillar of Indian Chess
24Abhishek Deshpande799Pillar of Indian Chess
25Ashwin S. Hebbar799Pillar of Indian Chess
26Madhuchethan Rao799Pillar of Indian Chess
27Vishwajeet Dagar799Pillar of Indian Chess
28Swapnil799Pillar of Indian Chess
29Mihir Sawant799Pillar of Indian Chess
30Vamsi Chada799Pillar of Indian Chess
31Ravi Chan799Pillar of Indian Chess
32Pranav Kulkarni799Pillar of Indian Chess
33Rohit Bhangale799Pillar of Indian Chess
34Naveen Kumar799Pillar of Indian Chess
35damnit799Pillar of Indian Chess
36shreyas gokhale799Pillar of Indian Chess
37Manaswi Mishra799Pillar of Indian Chess
38Shashank Srikant799Pillar of Indian Chess
39Swehil799Pillar of Indian Chess
40sanket panaskar799Pillar of Indian Chess
41Saurabh Dhamnaskar799Pillar of Indian Chess
42nishant panigrahi799Pillar of Indian Chess
43nabh choudhary799Pillar of Indian Chess
44nutan dutt799Pillar of Indian Chess
45Ajin Cherian799Pillar of Indian Chess
46Sriraam Ramakrishnan799Pillar of Indian Chess
47Aditya Desai799Pillar of Indian Chess
48Dan Ruparel799Pillar of Indian Chess
49ruchir sutaria799Pillar of Indian Chess
50RahulMukerji09799Pillar of Indian Chess
51Tony Dary799Pillar of Indian Chess
52Ankita Kulkarni799Pillar of Indian Chess
53Sminil Mahajan799Pillar of Indian Chess
54Anas Edacherry799Pillar of Indian Chess
55KolonNiki799Pillar of Indian Chess
56shyammsm799Pillar of Indian Chess
57Dharmen Shah799Pillar of Indian Chess
58Zeus799Pillar of Indian Chess
59Keith Mascarenhas799Pillar of Indian Chess
60Siddharth Ranadive799Pillar of Indian Chess
61Sudarshan Rangan799Pillar of Indian Chess
62Ajeet prsingh799Pillar of Indian Chess
63Eesha Dutta599Promoter of Indian chess
64Lakshya599Promoter of Indian chess
65varun kamble299Supporter of Indian Chess
66Mohith T S299Supporter of Indian Chess
67Pratik Shetty299Supporter of Indian Chess
68PR1712299Supporter of Indian Chess
69vaibhav bhat299Supporter of Indian Chess
70Shashi Bala299Supporter of Indian Chess
71Arvind Ramnath299Supporter of Indian Chess
72Manu Talwar299Supporter of Indian Chess
73Kaivalya Shah299Supporter of Indian Chess
74Murali Phani299Supporter of Indian Chess
75Arunava Bhattacharjee299Supporter of Indian Chess
76Arvind Raman299Supporter of Indian Chess
77Indian From South299Supporter of Indian Chess
78rutvij bhavsar299Supporter of Indian Chess
79hellking4u299Supporter of Indian Chess
80Rajeev Ranjan299Supporter of Indian Chess
81Nishaad Rao299Supporter of Indian Chess
82Sai Gudigundla299Supporter of Indian Chess
83Sanu Pillai Vlogs299Supporter of Indian Chess
84kshitiz lohani299Supporter of Indian Chess
85Sachin Ranade299Supporter of Indian Chess
86Gokul Ramanathan299Supporter of Indian Chess
87Mrinmay199Booster of Indian Chess
88Sandeep Roy199Booster of Indian Chess
89Ipw Law199Booster of Indian Chess
90Vardhan Nagarkar199Booster of Indian Chess
91Gaurav Chandiramani199Booster of Indian Chess
92Rakshank Savadatti199Booster of Indian Chess
93Ivan Mukherjee199Booster of Indian Chess
94Swapnil Sharma199Booster of Indian Chess
95FlashBin Gaming199Booster of Indian Chess
96abjunior199Booster of Indian Chess
97Sumit Nahata199Booster of Indian Chess
98SUDARSHAN K M199Booster of Indian Chess
99avant jain199Booster of Indian Chess
100Diljeet Singh Narwal199Booster of Indian Chess
101Krishna Pandit199Booster of Indian Chess
102WoT Hog199Booster of Indian Chess
103Pratyush Sharma199Booster of Indian Chess
104Sudheer Kumar199Booster of Indian Chess
105Kappa 322199Booster of Indian Chess
106Himanshu Bhasin199Booster of Indian Chess
107Mann Sareen199Booster of Indian Chess
108SATHISH KUNCHIVEEDU199Booster of Indian Chess
109Jai Pandit199Booster of Indian Chess
110Prakhar Gupta199Booster of Indian Chess
111Ankush Dhyani199Booster of Indian Chess
112BunnyEatWorld199Booster of Indian Chess
113Akshit Johry199Booster of Indian Chess
114Tanmay Devi199Booster of Indian Chess
115Yash199Booster of Indian Chess
116Akshay Shenoy199Booster of Indian Chess
117Mahesh Parab199Booster of Indian Chess
118Siddharth Sen199Booster of Indian Chess
119Purva Sawant89Backer of Indian Chess
120Sachin K Johnson89Backer of Indian Chess
121Ishan Rai89Backer of Indian Chess
122Nakul Santpurkar89Backer of Indian Chess
123aman jain89Backer of Indian Chess
124Sumanth Shindgi89Backer of Indian Chess
125SUPRIYA KAPAS89Backer of Indian Chess
126sagar vaidya89Backer of Indian Chess
127Swapan Karmakar89Backer of Indian Chess
128Ryan Berg89Backer of Indian Chess
129Soham Pandya89Backer of Indian Chess
130Dhairya Kumar89Backer of Indian Chess
131Javed Akram89Backer of Indian Chess
132Hitansh Shah89Backer of Indian Chess
133Sharat Goswami89Backer of Indian Chess
134Nischay Kumar89Backer of Indian Chess
135Sarvesh Deshpande89Backer of Indian Chess
136Kashi Sah89Backer of Indian Chess
137BHAGYASHREE KADUSKAR89Backer of Indian Chess
138Amit Nakod89Backer of Indian Chess
139Ninad O89Backer of Indian Chess
140Nishchay Shah89Backer of Indian Chess
141Hamza Firoz89Backer of Indian Chess
142Raj Agarwal89Backer of Indian Chess
143Saurabh Verma89Backer of Indian Chess
144Phoenix Asimov89Backer of Indian Chess
145Karan Yogi89Backer of Indian Chess
146Kavita Kanetkar89Backer of Indian Chess
147Arjan Singh Bhatty89Backer of Indian Chess
148franklin abraham89Backer of Indian Chess
149Neetish Thakur89Backer of Indian Chess
150Sayantan Ghosh89Backer of Indian Chess
151The Average FPL Manager89Backer of Indian Chess
152Sv Scibi89Backer of Indian Chess
153Hrushikesh Patil89Backer of Indian Chess
154Tathagata Guha89Backer of Indian Chess
155Akshay Telang89Backer of Indian Chess
156Arun J89Backer of Indian Chess
157Rishikesh Kanegaonkar89Backer of Indian Chess
158Shubh Kela89Backer of Indian Chess
159Mahanthi Bukkapatnam89Backer of Indian Chess
160palash nagdevte89Backer of Indian Chess
161Darin N.89Backer of Indian Chess
162M389Backer of Indian Chess
163Amey Kulkarni89Backer of Indian Chess
164Billakanti Nikhil89Backer of Indian Chess
165Shamika Dalvi89Backer of Indian Chess
166vijay bhuskute89Backer of Indian Chess
167Gargeya RRS89Backer of Indian Chess
168d4 player89Backer of Indian Chess
169Karthik Velturi89Backer of Indian Chess
170Hardik Thacker89Backer of Indian Chess
171nimit sharma89Backer of Indian Chess
172ARUN SHAJI89Backer of Indian Chess
173Neeraj Nambudiri89Backer of Indian Chess
174Ranjank_Ranjith89Backer of Indian Chess
175Akul S89Backer of Indian Chess
176rahul yadav89Backer of Indian Chess
177Snigdho Bhattacharya89Backer of Indian Chess
178Harsh Kumar89Backer of Indian Chess
179Krishna Subramanian89Backer of Indian Chess
180Akash 1389Backer of Indian Chess
181stpalli89Backer of Indian Chess
182hsihsahenS89Backer of Indian Chess
183Mandar Junnarkar89Backer of Indian Chess
184Vikram Panigrahi89Backer of Indian Chess
185rk Thevar89Backer of Indian Chess
186SomeoneSpecial44789Backer of Indian Chess
187Karthik89Backer of Indian Chess
188Rohit Sajeev89Backer of Indian Chess
189vijay kumar89Backer of Indian Chess
190Chinmay89Backer of Indian Chess
191Prashanth Juluru89Backer of Indian Chess
192Naman Dhingra89Backer of Indian Chess
193Meet Modiani89Backer of Indian Chess
194Avinash Pawar89Backer of Indian Chess
195Jaisai Krishnan89Backer of Indian Chess
196Sachin89Backer of Indian Chess
197Indrajeet Devale89Backer of Indian Chess
198Tushar Dahake89Backer of Indian Chess
199pierre gravagna89Backer of Indian Chess
200Lovesh Tulsija89Backer of Indian Chess
201Bustanul Arifin89Backer of Indian Chess
202Chinmay Kelaskar89Backer of Indian Chess
203Vinit Mamania89Backer of Indian Chess
204Nikhil Goyal89Backer of Indian Chess
205DarkMorning.89Backer of Indian Chess
206Akshay P89Backer of Indian Chess
207Pratyayan DasGupta89Backer of Indian Chess
208orangelava89Backer of Indian Chess
209Aditya Bankar89Backer of Indian Chess
210BeastStats89Backer of Indian Chess
211Sumalya Bhattacharya89Backer of Indian Chess
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214D SANDEEP89Backer of Indian Chess
215Karini Sandeep Kumar89Backer of Indian Chess
216Vishal0989Backer of Indian Chess
217Chaliceter89Backer of Indian Chess
218Aditya Jadhav89Backer of Indian Chess
219Gaurab89Backer of Indian Chess
220Abhishek Rai89Backer of Indian Chess
221Arshad8489Backer of Indian Chess
222Rabia Singh89Backer of Indian Chess
223Akshay Kulkarni89Backer of Indian Chess
224Parth Thakkar89Backer of Indian Chess
225harshit vora89Backer of Indian Chess
226anmol welpulwar89Backer of Indian Chess
227Akshat89Backer of Indian Chess
228agam dixit89Backer of Indian Chess
229Srinivasan Gopalan89Backer of Indian Chess
230sarat pavan89Backer of Indian Chess
231Deepesh Kumar89Backer of Indian Chess
232Soumyaranjan Mishra89Backer of Indian Chess
233Anirvan Sengupta89Backer of Indian Chess
234Tube or Not Tube89Backer of Indian Chess
235shas k89Backer of Indian Chess
236Gunin Khanna89Backer of Indian Chess
237Rahul Arvind89Backer of Indian Chess
238gobletFire89Backer of Indian Chess
239Mihir Hasabnis89Backer of Indian Chess
240Nitin Desai89Backer of Indian Chess
241Bhavik Makan89Backer of Indian Chess
242Aravind Pathapati89Backer of Indian Chess
243Jalaj Kumar89Backer of Indian Chess
244Anand C U89Backer of Indian Chess
245Rahul Ghosal89Backer of Indian Chess
246David James89Backer of Indian Chess
247Bhargav Srinivasan89Backer of Indian Chess
248Sandeep Madheshiya89Backer of Indian Chess
249Nagesh Anthati89Backer of Indian Chess
250Rajat Kamtekar89Backer of Indian Chess
251Chairab Madaan89Backer of Indian Chess
252devan sra89Backer of Indian Chess
253Krishna Char89Backer of Indian Chess
254ScaleTale89Backer of Indian Chess
255Muralikrishna Gangaraju89Backer of Indian Chess
256Abhishek Desai89Backer of Indian Chess
257Shaurya Mathur89Backer of Indian Chess
258Naveen89Backer of Indian Chess
259vedaant rana89Backer of Indian Chess
260Gokul89Backer of Indian Chess
261SANSAR RANA89Backer of Indian Chess
262Shiva Kumar89Backer of Indian Chess
263Jay Dave89Backer of Indian Chess
264Raghava Madhwapathi89Backer of Indian Chess
265Yash Tandon89Backer of Indian Chess
266Pranti Bordoloi89Backer of Indian Chess
267Srinath Narayanan89Backer of Indian Chess
268K.V.P.Varma Kuchelapaati89Backer of Indian Chess
269Dhandeep Lodaya89Backer of Indian Chess
270Kartik89Backer of Indian Chess
271Akshay Natu89Backer of Indian Chess
272Smita Acharya89Backer of Indian Chess
273Henal Merchant89Backer of Indian Chess
274Sai Praveen Gummadi89Backer of Indian Chess
2752856Rohit89Backer of Indian Chess
276Swapnil Sen89Backer of Indian Chess
277thiedevil89Backer of Indian Chess
278Chandrasekhar S.89Backer of Indian Chess
279Abhishek Agarwal89Backer of Indian Chess
280arun Taccode89Backer of Indian Chess
281Phani Varma89Backer of Indian Chess
282Raj S89Backer of Indian Chess
283Pratip Rao89Backer of Indian Chess
284Shubham Shah89Backer of Indian Chess
285Chetan Suresh89Backer of Indian Chess
286Kumar Roy89Backer of Indian Chess
287Harjaap Singh89Backer of Indian Chess
288Siddhant89Backer of Indian Chess
289Hardik Rudani89Backer of Indian Chess
290Aseem Goel89Backer of Indian Chess
291Anusheela Das89Backer of Indian Chess
292Snehal Pathak89Backer of Indian Chess
293N M89Backer of Indian Chess
294Neo088989Backer of Indian Chess
295GizmoGirl89Backer of Indian Chess
296Mayur Gondhalekar89Backer of Indian Chess
297Anish Kumar89Backer of Indian Chess
298Shyamal patel89Backer of Indian Chess
299Rijoy Mukherjee89Backer of Indian Chess

The total amount comes to Rs.55,853 after YouTube's 30% deduction. All of this amount will go to Sarayu Velpula, the young talent from Telangana.

Sarayu Velpula, the two time National Champion

Sarayu Velpula winning the National under-13 title at Vizag in 2019

I like to call Sarayu - the girl who is always smiling. Meet her at any tournament and she will greet you with warmth and laughter. The youngster from Warangal, Telangana learnt chess from her father Sampath. Her father is a farmer and also a RMP doctor. Sarayu's mother Rajitha is a home-maker and she has a younger sister Sharanya. Taking care of the entire family and Sarayu's chess career has not been an easy task financially for Sampath. In spite of all the difficulties, Sarayu's love for chess has shone through. She has two national titles under her belt (under-11 and under-13) and she has beaten very strong players who have gone on to become the best in Indian chess like Vaishali, Divya, Savitha, Rakshitta and many others. Sarayu had also taken a break from her academics to fully focus on chess. Once when I interviewed her and asked her about her other hobbies apart from chess, all I could hear was silence for the next few seconds! The girl breathes, eats and lives chess!

Sarayu's family - sister Sharanya, mother Rajitha and father Sampath

Sarayu's first trainers were Sampath Bollam and V. Varun. They built up a strong foundation in her. Apart from building a strong foundation for her, they infused within her the love of the game. Now she is being trained by IM Ravi Teja and IM CRG Krishna. Speaking to them about Sarayu, IM CRG Krishna says, "Sarayu is an original talent. She has a natural instinct and intuition for the game. One of the few players I have seen who has a natural aggressive style of play. I feel if guided well and supported well financially, she can be a WGM in no time." IM Ravi Teja adds, "These days, it's very important that you play abroad events frequently to get your consistency going. This involves a lot of money. I always feel exposure is important for a chess player's career. If you play with the same players again and again, it doesn't help your career." CRG Krishna, Vinay Kumar Matta and Ravi Teja, on behalf of Project Knowledge Chess Academy have been working with Sarayu for the past 2-3 years. They don't charge any fees from her. "We just want her to achieve great heights," says CRG.

IM CRG Krishna, IM Ravi Teja and FM Vinay Kumar Matta with their Project Knowledge Chess Academy are ensuring that Sarayu remains on top of her game

Sarayu (left) drew her game against GM P. Karthikeyan at the ongoing KIIT GM International 2022. She is on 3.0/5 until now and gaining 70 Elo points!

Born in 2006, Sarayu is 15 years old. Her current LIVE rating is 1915. But she is highly under-rated. Check out some of her games from the past years and you will see why we have so much faith in her. In the games below you will find her wins against some of the best rising talents of Indian chess:

Nandini Srikar and her family contribute

Nandini Srikar is a very well-known singer and performer. Some of her songs in Bollywood have been critically acclaimed like Jo Bheji Thi Duaa from Shanghai and Bhare Naina from Ra One. A year or so ago, she started developing keen interest in chess. Nandini and her husband Brig. K.Srikar started following ChessBase India in order to learn more about the game. On one of the recent livestreams when I was speaking about Sarayu and other talents who are in need of funds, Nandini decided to chip in! "I enjoy playing chess and learning about it", says Nandini. "It's too late for me to pursue chess professionally, but I am in awe of the youngsters like Sarayu who are following their passion. And I would like to help them." Nandini and her family decided to contribute Rs.25,000. Half of this amount - Rs.12,500, will go to Sarayu and the remaining half of Rs.12,500 will go to the player whom we support with the February fund. A big thanks to Nandini and her entire family for their thoughtful gesture of supporting upcoming chess talents of the country.

The Srikar family: Daughter Nishika, Nandini, Brigadier Srikar and son-in-law Pushkal Kapoor 
Feel the powerful and soothing voice of Nandini

We also received a contribution of Rs.3,002 from Mr. Ajit Kumar Sharma from Rajasthan. While making the contribution he had mentioned that this amount should go to the beneficiary for the month of January. With Ajit and Nandini's contribution the total amount that will be given to Sarayu is Rs.55,853+ Rs.15,502 = Rs.71,355. This amount will be used by her to plan tournaments outside India, which will help her to grow as a player.

Previous coverage of Sarayu Velpula

Interview of Sarayu after she beat Divya Deshmukh at the World Youth 2019
Sarayu's interview on her win against Kriti Patel that helped her to win the national under-13 title in 2019

A big thanks to all our members for contributing regularly and helping to power chess in India. The dreams of these youngsters receive wings because of the money you spend and we are very grateful for your support. It's by these small gestures by each one of you that India is slowly and steadily becoming a super power in the world of chess!

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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

December 2021 fund for Daakshin Arun

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