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Straight Talk with Shahid

2 EpisodesProduced by Shahid AhmedWebsite

In a new series titled, 'Straight Talk with Shahid', a talk show which is aimed to bring the untold story of various chess personalities from the chess universe who is an accomplished chess personality, someone who has a lot of stories to tell but the world is unaware of them.


Raja Ravi Sekhar - The man who played in 16 consecutive National 'A' from 1975 to 1990

We take a look at the journey of IM Raja Ravi Sekhar, the main who played in six Olympiads. He played in all 16 National A from 1975-90 and often finished in top six, resulting in him qualifying for the Olympiads.

He won National Junior title at the age of 21, two years after he started playing chess. In 1975, he won National Junior, National B and National A which was a record at that time.

In this rare interview, we get to know about Ravi Sekhar's journey, how he got into chess, his memory of his first World Junior championship, being teammates with Vishy Anand and Dibyendu Barua, also playing against them. How he got his IM-norms, what happened when he got late for one of the games in British Championship.

He is also one of the few titled players in India who is also an International Arbiter. Why he stopped playing tournaments after 1993, how he got into coaching. His notable students being Adhiban Baskaran and Deepan Chakkravarthy Jeyakumar.

He also discusses some of his games against Anand, Barua, Neeraj Kumar Mishra, Stuart Conquest and Al Modiahki.

Don't miss this rare, power packed interview of Raja Ravi Sekhar where you get to know a lot about him.

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