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Eric van Reem

#14 IM V. Saravanan (Part 1)

Let's talk about the year in chess 2020

2020-12-30 64 min

In this episode, part 1 of a long interview, Eric talks to IM Venkatchalam Saravanan from Chennai, India. He is an International Master and has been an active chess player in the Indian circuit, and has been consistently writing on chess since late 1980s. He turned complete chess professional in 2012, actively playing and being a second and mentor to a handful of Indian players. Saravanan is Secretary of Chess Players Forum (India). He reports on chess tournaments, occasionally being a correspondent to national newspapers and news channels. In this episode, he talks with Eric about the Chess Year 2020, with the highlights being the Candidates Tournament, Online Chess, stand-up comedian Samay Raina, the Online Chess Olympiad, the upcoming Vishy Anand biopic and much more! In part 2 Eric and Saravanan talk about the best chess books of 2020! 
You can follow IM V. Saravanan @reachsvara on Twitter. He is also the Secretary of the Chess Players Forum (India)

There is an interesting interview in the BOMB magazine, in which Saravanan plays a chess game while discussing the art of the game and its history in India with film maker Amit Dutta.

Do not miss the two videos on You Tube, in which Saravanan shows his massive chess book collection: "Must read books to become a better chess player" and "How to read a chess book?"

Host       : Eric van Reem
Guest     : IM Venkatchalam Saravanan (IND)
Editor     : Dennis van Reem
Artwork  : Fränk Stiefel
Music     : Chess Pieces-Silent Partner

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