Modern Senior Secondary School is a new generation CBSE SCHOOL situated at Nanganallur in Chennai. It hosted the 9th MODERN SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CHESS TOURNAMENT 2016 in a grand manner, under the Aegis of AICF,TNSCA, KDCA (AICF Event code: 137130/TN/2016  TNSCA Approval No. RO-04/KAN/16-17). The total prize pool for the tourney is Rs 1.20 lakh,

Nanganallur is known for its plethora of temples dedicated to the Hindu divinity and the place buzzes with a religious aura during festive occasions. It is where Modern Senior Secondary School is situated that has showed a phenomenal support to chess playing students and Chess tournaments.

Apart from a robust scholastic endeavor, Modern School gives great impetus to Co-curricular and extra curricular activities. The efforts of this is seen in its successful hosting of the 9th SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CHESS TOURNAMENT 2016 which speaks volumes about the seriousness and dedication to chess among its students.

This year, from 29th July to 3rd August 2016 they are conducting conducted the annual 9th Modern School Nanganallur Chess Tournament 2016 for school children and there was a huge response to the tournament as it is one of its kind as far as School tournaments go.

This year the tournament was a huge success as there were many rated players who took the opportunity to try their hand in claiming the first prize fund. The winner will get the cash prize of Rs 25,000 along with a trophy. The top 25 get prizes in the main list. Totally around 341 players took part in the competition!

There were also many category prizes such as

  • Under 14 Boys and Girls
  • Under 12 Boys and Girls
  • Under 10 Boys and Girls
  • Under 8 Boys  and Girls

Modern Senior Secondary School is providing free lodging to all players, officials, arbiters and also sponsoring the entire prize money.

This event has attracted more than 300 participants from various States including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and also all districts of Tamilnadu.

Well known players played – such as Hemanth Ram of Velammal School, Rajarshi Karthi of National School, Karmukilan of Modern School, Arputha Jasmine of Kanchi District are taking part in the 10-round Chess tournament.

International arbiter M Vijayakumar was the chief arbiter for the event.

The School is very proud of its alumni, K.Sasikiran, Grand Master and Arjuna Awardee in Chess who is ranked among the top 20 in Indian Chess list of Grandmasters.

Following in his footsteps, the School has a host of eminent chess players like RK Ranjith, Anjana Sowjanya, Arun Hariharan, Saravana Krishnan, Santhosh Bala, Pon Krithikka,  Mohanapriya, Radha Krishnan, Narasimhapriyan, V.Shvetha, T. Vishwanath, Akash PC Iyer, K. Anshuman and many others have been inspired by this school’s motivation and its teachers interest in Chess.

This year’s event was honored by the presence of Chief Guest GM Adhiban who is an upcoming Chess Grandmaster bringing laurels to India at International events.

Seen below in the pic is the group photo of the School’s participants on the dais with the VIPs on stage.



We only hope that they continue the good work and rise in stature in their field of Chess. They will also serve as an inspiration for other schools to take up the sport of chess in right earnest.

Congratulations to the winner Rajarishi Karthi who scored 9 points out of 10 rounds! Click here for the complete list of winners after the final round.

Congrats to the Modern SSS principal K Mohana, physical education director B Ramadoss and the entire team of the school who worked hard to make the event a huge success.

Improving chess players stamina – success secrets

Improving chess players stamina – success secrets

Improving chess players stamina and energy levels – success secrets

Imagine this scenario. A five day tournament is nearing its end. The last round is a struggle for the remaining honors by way of rating points. You have been waiting patiently for the round to start and then after the initial hour or two you feel sleepy and mind wants to relax. Out comes a yawn. A yawn is infectious as you all know and soon everyone in the hall is stretching or yawning. Familiar isn’t it? So how do you improve your stamina?  Improving chess players stamina and energy levels is the key to consistent success in the chess arena.

There are many players who are clearly lost by way of energy and only some are clearly energetic and still going strong! Delving into the secrets of these players made me aware that almost all of them had one thing common: they were regular walkers (and some young guns were joggers too) and they were also seen as having robust diet regimen consisting of fruits, vegetables and healthy cereals.

So are we focusing on this aspect as a coach?

Improving chess players stamina and energy levels

Carrot and Cabbage High Fiber Chutney Toast

I have recently started asking my students to bring a bowl of fruits or healthy snacks to my sessions and made it a point to give them a 15 minute break for the kids to have their dose of healthy energy diets.

Along with that I advise parents to learn new healthy recipes that will provide the essential nutrients and make them stay focused. A good breakfast is the key to a day that involves long hours of mindfulness. So it is important for chess players’ parents to arrange for their children’s nutrition needs.

Nowadays I am also starting to make physical exercise an important part of my class. Chess is basically a ‘sitting’ sport that does not allow for physical movements except for moving the pieces. So it is our prerogative that the students are asked to regularly exercise.

Maybe we can also try Yoga practice in case there is a possibility of hiring a Yoga instructor to take classes once a week.

Good habits need to be taught from a young age and as coach let us see that this is made a top priority. It is only by enforcing these practices that we can see a change in the stamina of the kids who play such grueling tournaments.

They will not feel tired or lethargic after playing for 5 days in a row. Atleast not as severe as those who are leading a sedentary life without exercise or healthy diet. Improving chess players stamina and energy levels needs to be our priority.

Essential readings:

Healthy Breakfast 1 by Tarla Dalal

Healthy Subzis (English) by Tarla Dalal

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Chess Puzzle of the day for Beginners and Parents

Chess Puzzle of the day for Beginners and Parents

This is a beautiful Chess Puzzle of the day for Beginners and Parents who have learnt the piece movements in Chess. You may not know how to play chess like a Pro, but you will definitely be able to solve these puzzles. So no more excuses.

Open this page at your office* and ask your colleagues to solve this seemingly simple puzzle. Your friends will be stymied and who knows they may start getting a liking for chess!

Chess Puzzle of the day for Beginners and Parents – head banger!

Chess Puzzle of the day for Beginners and Parents

Queen Mapping and Planning – mapping all pawn captures.

This puzzle involves the Queen. The Queen as you all know by now is able to move like a Rook and like a Bishop – that means along Ranks, Files and Diagonals.

Chess Puzzle of the day for Beginners and Parents

Here the goal is to capture all the pawns in each move that the queen is undertaking.

The aim is to finish capturing all the pawns by the queen.

Spoiler: This one will be very addictive. Don’t tell me you were not warned – it is somewhat difficult if you are not focused!

The advantages of this solving these sort of mind bending puzzles are:

  • It helps students to plan better and logically.
  • improves their focus and nurtures their ability to understand theory.
  • Chess calls for several fairly complicated calculations over its 64-square board. This is a precursor to that.
  • It develops ‘reverse thinking’ abilities and visualizations, besides encouraging the students the importance of thinking ahead

Have you read – What you can learn from a 2 year old baby?

If you are serious about Chess and need a well reputed academy – visit us or call us – if you are staying in the following areas of South Chennai –

Nanganallur Madipakkam Adambakkam
Ullagaram Alandur St. Thomas Mount
Moovarasampet Pazhavanthangal Meenambakkam
Vanuvampet Kilkattalai Kovilambakkam

We have an upcoming summer camp starting in April.

Chess Puzzle of the day for Beginners and Parents

Avail this opportunity if you are in search of quality introduction to Chess for your child.

If you are interested in solving tough puzzles like the above I recommend these books by GM Maurice Ashley –

Chess Puzzle of the day for Beginners and Parents

A somewhat easier one would be

Chess Puzzle of the day for Beginners and Parents

* Don’t blame me if you are fired from office for not doing your work!

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Training beginners in Chess – Count till Ten

Training beginners in Chess – Count till Ten

Training beginners in Chess - Count till Ten“When angry, count to 10 before you speak. If very angry, up to hundred!” is a very apt technique in anger management. However when I say “count till 10” to my students, it is not for anger, but for impulsive chess playing habits. And I have been finding a huge improvement in the way the children respond to their opponent’s move.  Training beginners in Chess – Count till Ten is my idea of super imposing a conscious task-repetition to a sub-conscious task and making it a conscious effort.

This way it makes the mind to be here and now.

Among chess players especially when you are a beginner (whether child or adult, doesn’t matter) the biggest problem that all trainers face is that, the players do not understand the importance of giving a second thought to the move that they are about to play.

They play impulsively and instinctively.And that is innate in all of us unless we are trained differently.

It has to do a lot with the way our body responds to external stimulus – known as the flight or fight syndrome.

The Training regimen for children (especially for those who are beginners) must focus on this aspect before going deep into theoretical domains.

What is fight or flight syndrome?

This is the body’s response to any perceptible threat or danger. During this reaction, some hormones like Adrenalin and Cortisol are released by the body to cope with contingencies. This results in faster heart rate and various other autonomic nervous functional changes, providing the body with a burst of energy and strength.

This response prepares the body to either fight or flee from the critical situation.

The person’s body is getting ready to do one of two things in such a scenario:

  • Confront the threat and deal with it, or
  • Get as far away from the threat as quickly as possible.

This fight or flight response can actually be life saving when there is an actual and real physical threat. For example, when driving, if you see someone cross the road in front, you suddenly slam the brakes as you need to react quickly in order to prevent an accident.


What is strange is that the response can be triggered due to both real and imaginary threats.

The fight-or-flight response, also known as the acute stress response, refers to a psychological reaction that occurs in the presence of something that is terrifying, either mentally or physically. The fight-or-flight response was first described in the 1920s by American physiologist Walter Cannon. Cannon realised that a chain of rapidly occurring reactions inside the body help mobilise the body’s resources to deal with threatening circumstances – source

We have fear and stress in non-critical threats situations too (like in a game of chess) because of the way we understand these situations.

Our body cannot always tell the difference between real and imagined threat.

Therefore, when we interpret a situation as critical on the chess board, our body is going to respond as though that situation is dangerous and threatening, even if it really isn’t in actuality.

Training beginners in Chess – Count till Ten

Training beginners in Chess - Count till Ten

This is my idea of making a chess move – a conscious effort.

This makes the mind to be in the here and now.

So how do we get about doing this?

Simple. By asking the child to count till 10 before making a move, however forced and obvious it may be. They will be irritated by your advice, initially. Let them be.  Over time they will understand why this drilling took place and they will thank you for this.

Once the child has grasped the importance of this training he/she is free to play without counting.

Suggested reading for coaches and parents:


Kish Kumar is a chess coach and a passionate blogger who teaches Chess at Golden Chess Centre, Nanganallur. When he has time he is usually assembling something unsuccessfully :). Connect with him on Facebook and give your feedback/thoughts and criticisms.


Why Blitz Chess is addictive – Dopamine effect of Chess Blitz

Why Blitz Chess is addictive – Dopamine effect of Chess Blitz

Why Blitz Chess is addictive –  Dopamine effect of Chess Blitz

Have you ever wondered Why Blitz Chess is addictive ? Especially online Blitz and Bullet time controls? Maybe Neuroscience has an answer and can explain why Blitz Chess is addictive as any online player will testify.

Why Blitz Chess is addictiveAnd it has to do with a chemical called Dopamine.

Suggested read – Meet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin by Loretta Graziano Breuning

Our brain records all pleasure experiences, whether they are coming from a soothing music, a good book, a mind stimulant drug, a cash reward, a tasty meal, or playing blitz or bullet chess. Blitz chess is that form of chess wherein each player has to complete the game in a time control of maximum 30 minutes or minimum 5 minutes. Bullet Chess is even faster and has a time control of lesser than 5 minutes.

Technically speaking, in the brain, pleasure has a distinct place called Nucleus Accumbens. Pleasure sensations cause the brain to release the neurotransmitter Dopamine in the Nucleus Accumbens, a group of nerve cells lying beneath the cerebral cortex . This is where the Dopamine release happens whenever we have a pleasurable experience.

Hence neuroscientists refer to the region as the brain’s pleasure center.

Most of the intoxicants such as the famous nicotine to the infamous heroin, and blitz chess (surprise surprise!) cause a particularly powerful release of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens.

Addictive drugs and Blitz Chess therefore provide a direct link to the brain’s reward system by providing the nucleus Accumbens with dopamine.

Read about Brain stimulation reward (BSR)

The Hippocampus creates memories of this rapid satisfaction dose, and the Amygdala creates a conditioned response to certain stimuli akin to the Pavlovian response.

So don’t be surprised when your mind craves for a blitz or two. It’s just asking for a good cup of coffee!

The effect increases manifold, the more you play – so Bullet chess is worse than Blitz because you get a dopamine dose every couple of minutes whereas a Blitz game usually lasts 10 or 20 minutes.

Suggestion: Play Blitz but don’t overdo it.

And don’t play Bullet too often either. Lest you may lose its educative aspect and get a high instead. Remember that too much of Bullet Chess or Blitz Chess may cause Adrenaline peaks that may not be good for everyone (may cause headaches for some).

Bullet doesn’t help much in understanding the strategic nuances of the game. But it helps building a pattern recognition base leading to better intuition, and to get a light feel of the opening. So all is not bad in the case of the Blitz Chess addiction.

After reading this article you will hopefully understand Why Blitz Chess is addictive and how to use it in moderation to help in your chess training.

Further suggested reading from the Editor:

Meet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin by Loretta Graziano Breuning

The Winner Effect: The Neuroscience of Success and Failure

35 Tips for a Happy Brain: How to Boost Your Oxytocin, Dopamine, Endorphins, and Serotonin (Brain Power, Brain Function, Boost Endorphins, Brain Science, Brain Exercise, Train Your Brain) by V. Noot

Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels by Loretta Graziano Breuning

The author Dr. C. P Jain is a psychologist and a chess aficionado. She lives in Jaipur and likes to play online occasionally when she finds time amidst 2 kids and family.

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