He first made headlines in 2005 when he won the world under-12 chess championship. N. Srinath may not have quite lived up to the promise he showed as a player, and he chose to focus on coaching instead.

These past few days have seen Srinath in the news again. His contribution as the non-playing captain of the victorious Indian team at the online Chess Olympiad has justly been noticed.

He was coach, manager, data analyst and facilitator of the players’ Internet connections all rolled into one. He is delighted that his efforts have not gone in vain as India became the joint champion on Sunday.

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“I was confident that we could go all the way and win the title as the team that ticked all the boxes,” Srinath told Sportstar over phone from Chennai on Wednesday.

As coach, Srinath worked more with the juniors in the team. “When it…

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