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"If I can do it, so can you!" - GM Himanshu Sharma

by Sagar Shah - 04/05/2017

Himanshu Sharma recently became a grandmaster. In a felicitation ceremony that was held at  St. Xavier's school, ChessBase India's Jitendra Choudhary caught up with the newly minted grandmaster and did a short interview. Himanshu speaks for only three and a half minutes, but in that time he already shares with you his journey of becoming a grandmaster, how ups and downs are a part of every chess player's life and his advice to all the ambitious chess players out there.

The felicitation function took place at St. Xavier's school. It was held by the Mind Sharpener Chess Academy along with Gurgaon District Chess Association.

ChessBase India's Jitendra Choudhary did an interview with Himanshu in Hindi. However, we have also added English subtitles so that you can learn from Himanshu's pearls of wisdom.

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Video interview of 3 minutes and 30 seconds:

Some of the things that I learnt from the above video:

1. Good players take bad phase as an opportunity to improve. If I am not getting better there must be something wrong in my game. If I can improve it, I will surely get stronger.

2. The tougher the journey and more the obstacles, the higher are your chances of achieving more than others.

3. It's good to have completed a milestone, but you must have your focus on the next aim. (2600 for Himanshu).

4. If you have will power and dedication, you can always achieve your target. Important is not to get distracted.

About the interviewer:

Jitendra Choudhary is a chess trainer in Delhi. He is originally from Madhya Pradesh, but shifted to Delhi to pursue his passion related to chess. He currently teaches students, works as an arbiter and would like to dedicate more time to being a chess journalist.

Jitendra's previous articles on ChessBase India:

From 1187 to 2219 in three years

"The atmosphere in Mumbai is not congenial to produce another GM"