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Monday, May 27, 2013

Vancouver Sun-Sohal,Tanraj(CAN)

GM first then Doctor-Vancouver Sun

Future GM Tanraj Sohal

'Tanraj Sohal hopes to become a doctor but, first things first, he’d like to be a grandmaster in chess.

Sohal, a Grade 11 student at Fleetwood Park in Surrey, is well on his way to that goal. The 16-year-old just snagged his eighth national title at the Canadian Chess Challenge in Ottawa.

The competition pits the best provincial school age players in two days of timed round robin play.

“The games were pretty quick,” said Sohal, who holds the title of national master.

He said his second round, against a player from Ontario was the most intense. 

“No game is easy. If you lose one game, you know you are not going to come in first. You can’t make any mistakes.”

Competing is a lot of pressure, said Sohal, but he loves the game. Earlier, Sohal snagged the top title at the B.C. open, meaning he was the best player in the province of any age group.

Sohal started playing in Grade 1, and found the endless puzzles and possibilities of the game kept him engaged and wanting to play more.

“It’s creative. Your whole personality can be seen in your game. If you’re a risk-taker in life you’ll be a lot more attacking, more willing to weaken yourself for the chance to win. If you’re cautious, you’ll be more positional, not attacking but being careful and going after others’ weaknesses.”

Sohal describes himself as a combination of the two, with a “pretty universal style.”

He admires grandmaster and No. 1 ranked player Magnus Carlsen, a Norwegian that has been credited with bringing back the cachet chess hadn’t enjoyed since the 1970s, when American grandmaster Bobby Fischer achieved celebrity status after routing Russian Boris Spassky.

Like anyone his age, Sohal loves computer games, but he’s more likely to spend hours a day playing chess online.(more)'

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