A chess trainer and a passionate quizzer based out of Chennai Jaikar Pandurangan is a post graduate in Economics after graduating in Chemistry. He worked for two decades with a DSA of a financial institute handling sales and service, later with another firm handling financial inclusion. Now he indulges in his passion of teaching the beautiful game of chess to children. With students from across the globe in USA, South Africa, UAE he also lectures at three chess academies in Chennai.
What got you interested in chess in the first place? Have you played in any tournaments?
I have seen my cousins play the game since when I was 5 or 6 years old. I have represented Madras District in the Tamil Nadu Junior and senior state chess championships
As a strategy game many lessons from chess can be applied to real life. Can you share the life lessons you have learned from this game?
I have many lessons to share here, just as Garry Kasparov explains in his book, ‘How Life Imitates Chess’. Chess has improved my concentration and I also learned to develop huge amount of patience thanks to this game. You also unconsciously learn to apply analytical and logical thinking in all things in life. There are times when people irritate and provoke you to do doing things that are unprofessional. Thankfully Chess taught me patience and immense concentration. It also helps me to take the right decisions with clarity and clear thought.
When I was working in the corporate sector, Chess helped me to strategize and use techniques that would help in clinching a deal. Prophylactic thinking always made sure there were no surprises at every turn, as the answers are known much before the questions arose.
What made things more interesting was the tendency to listen to people patiently during conversations, digesting what they say at the same time analyzing as they speak with improved memory. Thanks to chess I find it easy to communicate, quote and put my argument across the table very effectively.
How did you start training kids for chess?
Chess for kids was always a passion, with changing times and encroachment of gadgets into children’s hand made it more compelling to leave a stable corporate job and take this up. Chess not only improves memory also helps in decision making, for it is the same part of the brain which stimulates whether playing the game or dealing with a situation in work or at home. Clarity in thought and actions helps in making of a good human being. Chess has given me so much in life and I have learned that only way I could do justice to these lessons is to teach it to kids.
Share the lessons learned from this venture.
Simple lesson I have learnt is to believe in your passion, love what you do….. Always be prepared for ups and downs, victories and defeats for life goes on.
Has chess training improved the life of the kids? Share your thoughts.
First thing I hear from parents is ‘my kid is not making tantrums/ crying at defeat anymore’. They have learnt to accept defeat… (It took me 14 years of my life to understand half of it). If a kid at the age of six or seven can accept defeat and still go ahead and fight another day, I think I have brought about a huge transformation in his metal makeup. This is what encourages me to teach every single ward of mine. When they develop this level of determination and the willpower to face any adversity on board and life, I truly believe that they will surely be champions in life, always.
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