From: Sivaganga district in Tamil Nadu
Beginning: A contemporary of R. Praggnanandhaa and D. Gukesh, M. Pranesh has carved a niche for himself. Hailing from Sekkalai Kottai, a small village in Sivagangai district in Tamil Nadu, the 14-year-old has fought against the odds to make a mark, by becoming an International Master recently. Pranesh already has one GM norm.
He started learning chess at the age of six from his mother K. Manjula, an anganwadi worker.
Living in a rented house in the second floor, Pranesh was a naughty kid indulging in pranks with his elder brother. After repeated complaints from his neighbour, Pranesh’s parents settled on chess.
Seeing his interest grow and after a series of fine performances at district and state-level tournaments, R. Munirethinam,…