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December 2021 YouTube funds will give wings to 12-year-old Daakshin's dream of becoming an IM this year

by Sagar Shah - 06/03/2022

Daakshin Arun is one of India's upcoming youngsters. The 12-year-old has a FIDE rating of 2173 and is ranked the highest in the country for kids born in 2009. Daakshin's father, Arun, had been working as a professor in an engineering college. In 2017 he gave up his job so that he could travel with Daakshin to tournaments all across India and the world. The boy has been progressing rapidly, but this has put a lot of financial pressure on the family. The boy and his family have an aim of becoming an IM in the year 2022 and in order to facilitate this dream, the ChessBase India YouTube memberships for the month of December 2021 of Rs.72,076 will be given to Daakshin.

Rs.72,076 December 2021 YouTube Membership Fund goes to 12-year-old Daakshin Arun

ChessBase India runs a YouTube channel which is frequented by millions of people each month. We have a membership program where the perk for the people is that the money they spend in buying the memberships is entirely used to help one talented chess player in need of these funds. Towards the end of the article you will find all the links of the previous months where the YouTube membership funds have been utilized.

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 December 2021 we have had 230 members. We have 59 pillars, 1 promoters, 20 supporters, 28 boosters and 122 backers of Indian chess. These are the details of all of them:

Jay KhuntPillar of Indian Chess799
Just A Famous GuyPillar of Indian Chess799
Anondo Das GuptaPillar of Indian Chess799
Kalpak RautPillar of Indian Chess799
Mrityunjay JalanPillar of Indian Chess799
Tejas ChitnisPillar of Indian Chess799
Joy DuttaPillar of Indian Chess799
Vivaswan DamlePillar of Indian Chess799
Sambit GhoshPillar of Indian Chess799
Mr VGPillar of Indian Chess799
chiranjibi sahooPillar of Indian Chess799
Naveen BharathwajPillar of Indian Chess799
Vignesh SubramanianPillar of Indian Chess799
Abhishek DeshpandePillar of Indian Chess799
Ashwin S. HebbarPillar of Indian Chess799
Madhuchethan RaoPillar of Indian Chess799
Vishwajeet DagarPillar of Indian Chess799
SwapnilPillar of Indian Chess799
Mihir SawantPillar of Indian Chess799
Shreyas TawrePillar of Indian Chess799
Vamsi ChadaPillar of Indian Chess799
Ravi ChanPillar of Indian Chess799
Pranav KulkarniPillar of Indian Chess799
Rohit BhangalePillar of Indian Chess799
Naveen KumarPillar of Indian Chess799
damnitPillar of Indian Chess799
shreyas gokhalePillar of Indian Chess799
Manaswi MishraPillar of Indian Chess799
Shashank SrikantPillar of Indian Chess799
SwehilPillar of Indian Chess799
sanket panaskarPillar of Indian Chess799
Saurabh DhamnaskarPillar of Indian Chess799
nishant panigrahiPillar of Indian Chess799
nabh choudharyPillar of Indian Chess799
nutan duttPillar of Indian Chess799
NitishPillar of Indian Chess799
Ajin CherianPillar of Indian Chess799
Sriraam RamakrishnanPillar of Indian Chess799
Asim KhanPillar of Indian Chess799
Aditya DesaiPillar of Indian Chess799
Dan RuparelPillar of Indian Chess799
ruchir sutariaPillar of Indian Chess799
RahulMukerji09Pillar of Indian Chess799
Rohit PareekPillar of Indian Chess799
Vini Vedi ViciPillar of Indian Chess799
Tony DaryPillar of Indian Chess799
Ankita KulkarniPillar of Indian Chess799
Sminil MahajanPillar of Indian Chess799
Anas EdacherryPillar of Indian Chess799
Kiran IyerPillar of Indian Chess799
KolonNikiPillar of Indian Chess799
shyammsmPillar of Indian Chess799
Dharmen ShahPillar of Indian Chess799
ZeusPillar of Indian Chess799
Sujit VarghesePillar of Indian Chess799
Keith MascarenhasPillar of Indian Chess799
Siddharth RanadivePillar of Indian Chess799
Sudarshan RanganPillar of Indian Chess799
Ajeet prsinghPillar of Indian Chess799
Eesha DuttaPromoter of Indian chess599
varun kambleSupporter of Indian Chess299
Mohith T SSupporter of Indian Chess299
Pratik ShettySupporter of Indian Chess299
Arvind RamnathSupporter of Indian Chess299
Manu TalwarSupporter of Indian Chess299
Suyash SwaroopSupporter of Indian Chess299
Murali PhaniSupporter of Indian Chess299
LaKsHyASupporter of Indian Chess299
Arvind RamanSupporter of Indian Chess299
Indian From SouthSupporter of Indian Chess299
rutvij bhavsarSupporter of Indian Chess299
hellking4uSupporter of Indian Chess299
Rajeev RanjanSupporter of Indian Chess299
Nishaad RaoSupporter of Indian Chess299
Sai GudigundlaSupporter of Indian Chess299
Sanu Pillai VlogsSupporter of Indian Chess299
kshitiz lohaniSupporter of Indian Chess299
Sachin RanadeSupporter of Indian Chess299
Gokul RamanathanSupporter of Indian Chess299
Arunava BhattacharjeeSupporter of Indian Chess299
MrinmayBooster of Indian Chess199
Sandeep RoyBooster of Indian Chess199
BHAGYASHREE KADUSKARBooster of Indian Chess199
Gaurav ChandiramaniBooster of Indian Chess199
Rakshank SavadattiBooster of Indian Chess199
SUDARSHAN K MBooster of Indian Chess199
avant jainBooster of Indian Chess199
FlashBin GamingBooster of Indian Chess199
Shradhey TripathiBooster of Indian Chess199
Diljeet Singh NarwalBooster of Indian Chess199
Ajit GoleBooster of Indian Chess199
Kappa 322Booster of Indian Chess199
Himanshu BhasinBooster of Indian Chess199
Gaurav MohtaBooster of Indian Chess199
Mann SareenBooster of Indian Chess199
SATHISH KUNCHIVEEDUBooster of Indian Chess199
Jai PanditBooster of Indian Chess199
Prakhar GuptaBooster of Indian Chess199
Ankush DhyaniBooster of Indian Chess199
BunnyEatWorldBooster of Indian Chess199
Akshit JohryBooster of Indian Chess199
Tanmay DeviBooster of Indian Chess199
YashBooster of Indian Chess199
Akshay ShenoyBooster of Indian Chess199
Tapan KrishnaBooster of Indian Chess199
Mahesh ParabBooster of Indian Chess199
Abhishek JainBooster of Indian Chess199
Siddharth SenBooster of Indian Chess199
Hiren patelBacker of Indian Chess89
Suraj RanawadeBacker of Indian Chess89
Purva SawantBacker of Indian Chess89
Abhinav MittalBacker of Indian Chess89
Dhairya KumarBacker of Indian Chess89
Sharat GoswamiBacker of Indian Chess89
Amit NakodBacker of Indian Chess89
Sarvesh DeshpandeBacker of Indian Chess89
Karini Sandeep KumarBacker of Indian Chess89
Raj AgarwalBacker of Indian Chess89
Harshil MittalBacker of Indian Chess89
Kashi SahBacker of Indian Chess89
Ipw LawBacker of Indian Chess89
Soham PandyaBacker of Indian Chess89
shyam prasadBacker of Indian Chess89
Arun JBacker of Indian Chess89
Karthik VelturiBacker of Indian Chess89
Vishal09Backer of Indian Chess89
Harsh MakhariaBacker of Indian Chess89
Lovesh TulsijaBacker of Indian Chess89
Vinit MamaniaBacker of Indian Chess89
Nikhil GoyalBacker of Indian Chess89
Pratyayan DasGuptaBacker of Indian Chess89
Akshay PBacker of Indian Chess89
Sumedh DeshpandeBacker of Indian Chess89
Sreekar AdityaBacker of Indian Chess89
Sumalya BhattacharyaBacker of Indian Chess89
Gourab GoswamiBacker of Indian Chess89
Tanmay BuwaBacker of Indian Chess89
ChaliceterBacker of Indian Chess89
Pranshav VyasBacker of Indian Chess89
Aditya JadhavBacker of Indian Chess89
GaurabBacker of Indian Chess89
Abhishek RaiBacker of Indian Chess89
Arshad84Backer of Indian Chess89
Rabia SinghBacker of Indian Chess89
Akshay KulkarniBacker of Indian Chess89
Parth ThakkarBacker of Indian Chess89
harshit voraBacker of Indian Chess89
anmol welpulwarBacker of Indian Chess89
AkshatBacker of Indian Chess89
agam dixitBacker of Indian Chess89
Srinivasan GopalanBacker of Indian Chess89
sarat pavanBacker of Indian Chess89
Deepesh KumarBacker of Indian Chess89
Soumyaranjan MishraBacker of Indian Chess89
Anirvan SenguptaBacker of Indian Chess89
Tube or Not TubeBacker of Indian Chess89
shas kBacker of Indian Chess89
Gunin KhannaBacker of Indian Chess89
Rahul ArvindBacker of Indian Chess89
gobletFireBacker of Indian Chess89
Mihir HasabnisBacker of Indian Chess89
Nitin DesaiBacker of Indian Chess89
Bhavik MakanBacker of Indian Chess89
franklin abrahamBacker of Indian Chess89
Aravind PathapatiBacker of Indian Chess89
Jalaj KumarBacker of Indian Chess89
Anand C UBacker of Indian Chess89
Rahul GhosalBacker of Indian Chess89
David JamesBacker of Indian Chess89
Bhargav SrinivasanBacker of Indian Chess89
Sandeep MadheshiyaBacker of Indian Chess89
Nagesh AnthatiBacker of Indian Chess89
Rajat KamtekarBacker of Indian Chess89
Chairab MadaanBacker of Indian Chess89
devan sraBacker of Indian Chess89
Krishna CharBacker of Indian Chess89
ScaleTaleBacker of Indian Chess89
Muralikrishna GangarajuBacker of Indian Chess89
Abhishek DesaiBacker of Indian Chess89
Shaurya MathurBacker of Indian Chess89
NaveenBacker of Indian Chess89
vedaant ranaBacker of Indian Chess89
GokulBacker of Indian Chess89
SANSAR RANABacker of Indian Chess89
Shiva KumarBacker of Indian Chess89
Rut MadgeriBacker of Indian Chess89
Jay DaveBacker of Indian Chess89
Raghava MadhwapathiBacker of Indian Chess89
Yash TandonBacker of Indian Chess89
Pranti BordoloiBacker of Indian Chess89
Srinath NarayananBacker of Indian Chess89
K.V.P.Varma KuchelapaatiBacker of Indian Chess89
Dhandeep LodayaBacker of Indian Chess89
KartikBacker of Indian Chess89
Akshay NatuBacker of Indian Chess89
Swapan KarmakarBacker of Indian Chess89
Smita AcharyaBacker of Indian Chess89
Henal MerchantBacker of Indian Chess89
Sai Praveen GummadiBacker of Indian Chess89
2856RohitBacker of Indian Chess89
Swapnil SenBacker of Indian Chess89
thiedevilBacker of Indian Chess89
Chandrasekhar S.Backer of Indian Chess89
Heman KunduBacker of Indian Chess89
Abhishek AgarwalBacker of Indian Chess89
arun TaccodeBacker of Indian Chess89
D SANDEEPBacker of Indian Chess89
Phani VarmaBacker of Indian Chess89
Raj SBacker of Indian Chess89
Pratip RaoBacker of Indian Chess89
Shubham ShahBacker of Indian Chess89
Chetan SureshBacker of Indian Chess89
Subodh PatilBacker of Indian Chess89
Kumar RoyBacker of Indian Chess89
Harjaap SinghBacker of Indian Chess89
SiddhantBacker of Indian Chess89
Hardik RudaniBacker of Indian Chess89
Aseem GoelBacker of Indian Chess89
Anusheela DasBacker of Indian Chess89
Snehal PathakBacker of Indian Chess89
N MBacker of Indian Chess89
BeastStatsBacker of Indian Chess89
Neo0889Backer of Indian Chess89
GizmoGirlBacker of Indian Chess89
Aditya BankarBacker of Indian Chess89
Mayur GondhalekarBacker of Indian Chess89
Anish KumarBacker of Indian Chess89
Shyamal patelBacker of Indian Chess89
Naman SharmaBacker of Indian Chess89
Rijoy MukherjeeBacker of Indian Chess89

The Total amount comes to Rs.49,105 after 30% deduction of YouTube charges. All of this amount will go to fund the chess journey of Daakshin Arun. Apart from the above amount, we also have two donations made by generous individuals Rahil Sheth (Rs.14,971) and Kishore Hazarika (Rs.8000). The total amount comes to Rs. 72,076.

Becoming an IM in 2022 is 12-year-old Daakshin's aim

Daakshin is born in 2009 and is one of India's brightest young talents. His current Elo is 2173

In November 2021, we wrote a detailed article on Daakshin Arun on the ChessBase India talking about how the youngster had managed to pump up his rating by 415 Elo points in just 2 months. We spoke to his father Arun about the financial difficulties that they were facing. He tells us, "I had been working as a Professor in an Engineering college and I had to give up my career in 2017 to take Daakshin regularly for tournaments. As a matter of fact, we have been travelling to all major tournaments in India almost every month which made it very difficult to continue my profession. From 2017 onwards we have been managing with single income and savings as I quit my job to accompany Daakshin for tournaments. Now our savings have been utilized taking him for all major tournaments in India, Asian championship in Sri Lanka, World Championship in China and the European trip to Hungary and Spain. Besides, a lot of money had been spent on coaching, hardware and software required for chess preparation. We desperately require funds to take him for further tournaments in India and Europe so that he can move towards his IM title."

Daakshin (right) and his brother Sukirthan with their trophies and Father Arun and Mother Kavitha

This entire amount of Rs.72,076 will be used towards the upcoming GM Open tournaments that will take place in India in the month of March. Apart from that Arun has the detailed plan chalked out. "Daakshin is planning to play a couple of GM tournaments in India, Nationals, besides two trips to Europe in the second half of the year depending upon fund availability." We hope that this support will help Daakshin play in more events and become a stronger chess player.

GM R.B. Ramesh mentions, "Before the pandemic related lockdown, many promising youngsters where growing in their strength very fast but all of a sudden they could not play in tournaments and lost 2 precious years in their young career. Same with Daakshin. He has very good analytical ability and practices long hours. Very ambitious and interested to learn all aspects of the game. He has recently increased his rating a lot and is a good prospect to become one of the youngest GMs in our country."

Daakshin receiving a memorable prize at the hands of the one and only Viswanathan Anand\
IM Sagar Shah analyzes one of Daakshin's excellent games with the boy himself

Some of Daakshin's major achievements:

Asian youth Chess Championship -Sri Lanka in 2019 –U10 Open
❖ Silver medal in Rapid format
❖ Two team Gold’s in Classic and Rapid formats.

West Asian youth and Junior Chess Championship - Delhi 2019 – U10 Open
❖ Silver Medal in Classical
❖ Bronze Medal in Rapid

National Under 11 Open Chess Championship 2019, Delhi.
❖ 5 th Place International Tournaments 2021

❖ First Saturday Nadassy, held in Budapest , HUNGARY where he finished 2 nd overall and gained 204 ELO.
❖ 26th Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona Open, held In Barcelona, SPAIN – scored 5/9 and improved his rating by 155 ELO.
❖ San Cristobal De Laguna Open held in Tenerife, SPAIN – Won 2nd Place in U 12 Category. 2020
❖ Runner up in U-10 category in IIFL Mumbai International Juniors Chess Tournament 2019
❖ World Cadets Chess Championship – China – 24th Rank
❖ Common Wealth Chess Championship – Delhi – 14th Rank
❖ Vellamal International FIDE Rated Championship - 2 nd in rapid, 3rd in Blitz ( U-11)
❖ 19th Adyar Times FIDE Rated Open tournament - 1 st U-11
❖ A.S Subbaraman Memorial Trophy FIDE Rated Blitz Championship - 2 nd U-11
❖ Thalavaipuram International FIDE Rated Tournament - 8 th in Open
❖ 1 st Goa international Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament - Category B - 3 rd in U - 11 2018
❖ 18th Adyar Times FIDE Rated Open tournament - 2 nd in below 1400
❖ 1 st Goa international Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament – Category C - 1 st - U9
❖ Ramco institute of technology international FIDE rated Open chess tournament – 30th Open 2017
❖ CDCA FIDE Rapid Rating Chess tournament - 2 nd U-8
❖ 10th Modern International FIDE Rated tournament - 1 st U-8
❖ Raghavendra Open FIDE Rated tournament - 3 rd U-8
❖ 6 th M.S.V Memorial Open FIDE Rated tournament - 3 rd U-8
❖ 1 st SPIC FIDE Rated tournament – 4 th below 1400
❖ Dhakshinamoorthy Memorial Open Rapid FIDE Rated Chess Tournament - 4 th U-8 National and State Tournaments 2019
❖ National Under 11 Open Chess Championship 2019 – 5 th Rank
❖ TN State Under 11 Open Chess Championship 2019 – 4 th Rank
❖ TN State Under 13 Open Chess Championship 2019 - 2 nd - U - 11
❖ TN State Under 15 Open Chess Championship 2019 - 1 st - U - 11 2018
❖ 32nd National Under 9 Open Chess Championship – 11th Rank
❖ 22nd TN state Open Rapid Championship - 1 st - U – 11
❖ 31st TN State Under 9 Open Chess Championship – 3 rd Rank District Tournaments
❖ Chennai District Chess Champion- U-11 -2019
❖ Chennai district Chess Champion- U-9 -2018
❖ The Hindu in School Chess Champion- U-9- 2018


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

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