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The "Tender Therapy Scholarship" of Rs.1,08,000

by Avathanshu Bhat - 22/05/2020

The ChessBase India Foundation has worked tirelessly since it's launch in June 2018 for the benefit of the Indian chess community. One of the forms in which we have been able to help is through the scholarships, aimed at talents that need the monetary boost to reach soaring heights. Tender Theraphy founder Rekha Nahar, a global play-therapist and qualified counselor, contributed a sum of Rs.1,08,000. The scholarship is eligible for all chess players out there with the determination to improve and love for the game. Linked below is the Google Form and other tips you can follow to have the best chances. Know more about the scholarship, the lady behind this noble deed, and the creativity that went into it!

ChessBase India Foundation was launched in 2018, and since then strives to make chess financially possible for the vast pool of young chess talents in India. The Tender Therapy Scholarship is the biggest scholarship that ChessBase India has launched till date and is worth Rs. 1,08,000 for one year. It is open for all chess talents to apply.

The Tender Tale of Tender Therapy:

The Tender Therapy is a wellness clinic, founded by Rekha Nahar, well-trained and qualified Creative Play Therapist and Counselor from Play Therapy International, UK. |Photo: The Tender Therapy Facebook page

Mrs. Rekha Nahar - Founder of Tender Therapy - and the donor of the Rs.1,08,000 had a clear aim for the Tender Therapy Scholarship. "In my journey of being a chess parent myself, I have traveled globally for chess tournaments with my two kids Rajveer and Anaishaa. I engage myself actively with the chess fraternity in an opportunity to understand and observe the unspoken needs and unplanned aspirations for a parent's child, as it depends majorly on the big ‘M-Power’ that is money. So with my husband Pinkesh's support, we decided to formulate and announce ‘The Tender Therapy Scholarship’. I feel that those who can benefit from this scholarship are chess players or parents of the young chess players who are really talented, but have to hold on to their dream of becoming a great chess player or stop dreaming completely about chess. Players who have to face lot of hardship and compromise on their progress in chess at some point of time due to lack of financial sufficiency is whom the Scholarship intends to help out."

Above is Rekha Nahar's insightful talk on Parent's psychology at the World Youth Chess Championships 2019

"Personally I am very passionate about connecting to untold stories of people and specialize to work creatively with them to express their feelings and thoughts through creative art and play techniques. My clients can benefit from any kind of child related concerns, relationship apprehensions and seek support to retrace the family dynamics in order to create a harmonious environment and overcome the obstacles in their mental peace. As well-quoted by Albert Einstein 'Play is the highest form of research'."

Rekha Pinkesh Nahar, who has worldwide experiences on both chess and therapeutic fronts, now gives back to the chess community. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

How did she take on this impressive task of founding The Tender Therapy? Her education, experience and career speaks volumes itself! "I got myself trained in Singapore and France to use this brilliant tool of ‘Play’ in its creative form for my clients to be more expressive at the counselling and therapy sessions at ‘The Tender Therapy’. I became a member of Play Therapy International, UK to continue with my professional practice under its ethical framework. Currently, I am working in the capacity of being a clinical member of Play therapy from Leeds Beckett University, London as well as a qualified counselor, Singapore. Furthermore, to understand the child’s mesosystem which consists of teachers, parents and peers, I went on to study Masters in my early childhood and care education at Monash University, Melbourne. I am dedicating myself to work with Indian young children and families for their social and emotional difficulties coming in the way of their mental well-being. The Tender Therapy is beneficial for Child and Adolescent holistic development, Social Emotional Behavioural development, Anger Management, Depression, Digital Gaming addiction, Parental support, Parent-child relationship, Learning difficulties & disorders, Anxiety-Trauma-Stress management, Sleep disorders and most importantly self-esteem and identity crises."

Rekha is supported in all her endeavours by her husband Pinkesh Nahar | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Anaishaa and Rajveer Nahar are strong chess players . Anaishaa is just 8 years old and has an Elo of 1155, while Rajveer is 11 and is rated 1597.
Rekha Pinkesh Nahar speaks about the sacrifices she has made to ensure that her children can continue playing chess

Details of the Scholarship:

The amount of the Scholarship is Rs.1,08,000. Rs.9000 will be handed out each month over a total span of one year. Each month the beneficiary will be credited the sum to their bank account.


Who can apply:

1. Any Indian Chess player. There is no age limit but preference will be given to young chess talents.

2. Should come from a weak financial background.

3. Should have some substantial results in the chess world.

4. Is actively interested in pursing chess over the course of a year.

All those who are interested in applying for the scholarship must fill out this form and submit before 31st of May 2020.

Please Note: We recommend that you take some time out and fill the form in peace with detailed answers. The amount of Rs.1,08,000 is not a small one. People who furnish appropriate details will be considered for the scholarship. Your chances improve significantly if you have filled out this form in an appropriate manner with all the correct details.

What is Help Chess?

HelpChess is an initiative by ChessBase India Foundation. The name clearly mentions what we are aiming for. We are looking for individuals/organizations who would like to help the talents of Indian chess by donating money or instituting a scholarship or donating in kind, so that the financial burdens on the players who come from humble background are reduced to an extent. The logo of HelpChess clearly shows this philosophy.


There are many people all over the world who want to contribute financially to the growth of Indian chess. There are many talents in India who are in need of these finances. ChessBase India aims to act as a bridge. We believe that when ordinary people come together and contribute, extraordinary things can happen to our chess society.


If you are interested to start a scholarship with certain criteria, or you would like to donate some amount or donate in kind (for eg. coaching or training or any other way), please write to us at


These are the bank details for you to donate to a good cause:

ChessBase India Foundation


A/C No. 50200031999591


Branch Address :- 001 / 002, Samyak Darshan, Junction Of Tilak Road & Vallabh Baug Lane, Mumbai.

IFSC CODE :- HDFC0000118


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