Chahal goes back to old passion, says chess taught him to be patient on cricket field
Chennai: Chess master-turned-cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal went back to his old passion by headlining an online blitz event and said the sport taught him to be patient on the cricket field.
A former national Under-12 chess champion, India cricketer Chahal has the distinction of having represented the country at the World Youth Chess Championships, and is listed on the World Chess Federation (FIDE) website. His Elo rating is 1956.
In a freewheeling interaction with Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta and International Master Rakesh Kulkarni before the event got underway on Sunday, Chahal said, “Chess taught me patience. In cricket, you may be bowling well but you may not get wickets.
“Like in a Test match you may have bowled well in a day but not got wickets but you have to come back the next day so you need to be patient. Chess has helped me a lot in that way. I have learnt to be patient and get batsmen out.”
Asked about the decision to choose cricket over chess despite doing fairly well in the board game, Chahal, who has played 52 ODIs and 42 T20 Internationals, said he did so because he had more interest in cricket.
“I had to chose between chess and cricket. I spoke to dad who said the choice was (yours). I had more interest in cricket and opted for it.”
Blitz is one of the three formats in chess in which a player gets 10 minutes or less, with or without time increments.
Chahal matched his wits against the likes of prodigy R Praggnanandhaa, India’s second youngest Grandmaster ever, GMs B Adhiban, Nihar Sarin and Karthikeyan Murali, among others.
Chahal, who would have been a part of the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore if the IPL had gone ahead, said he had been spending time with family members.
“I don’t get to spend too much time with my family. After many years I am at home. I am spending a lot of time with my family. It is a good and new experience. I sleep late and wake up late and spend time with my family members in the evening.”