NEW DELHI: For nearly two years after becoming the second youngest Grandmaster in chess history, Parimarjan Negi remained a victim of the expectations that he himself gave rise to.
But in the last two months, this 15-year-old has done enough to suggest that he is more than just a participant in the big league. Against all odds, Parimarjan emerged as a front-runner in three successive events in which he twice tied for the honours and won the other comfortably.
“I think the most significant gain for me is the confidence these results have brought along. Secondly, I’ve gained around 40 rating points which feels good,” said Parimarjan during a hurriedly-organised media conference here on Saturday and chose to make light of the prize money of over $10,000 that his triumphs brought along.