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Shahil Dey from Assam On Track to Become First International Master from North-East India

Promising chess player from Assam Shahil Dey inches closer to International Master Title when he achieved his second International Master Norm in Orbis-2 IM Mixed Swiss Tournament from in Paracin, Serbia from 12th to 18th of February, 2021. Shahil achieved his second norm as many as week when he held GM Dragan Kosic to a draw in the 8th round. Shahil has now scored 5 points from 8th rounds. In the 9th round Shahil is paired against International Master Brancovic Drejan of Serbia.

Shail achieved his first International Master norm in Orbis-1 GM Round Robin tournament in Paracin, Serbia from 5th to 11th of February, 2021. With this norm, Shahil inches closer to become the first International Master from North East India. Shahil now requires one more norm to achieve International Master title.

Shahil Dey is the son of Sanjay Dey and Mithu Dey from Guwahati and has been trained by Grandmaster R.B. Ramesh. The prodigal chess player is the recipient of a scholarship called ‘Pursue your Chess’ worth ₹75000 announced by the ChessBase India Foundation last year, aimed at talented chess players held back by financial constraints.

In 2015, Shahil represented India as one of the participants in Asian Youth, South Korea and was able to secure Silver in U-8 category. In 2016 Asian Youth, Mongolia he took home the bronze medal in the U-10 category. In the 2019 edition of Asian Youth held in Sri Lanka, Shahil finally managed to win gold in Blitz individual and team settings, and in classical chess finished 5th. Shahil also happens to be the recipient of National Child Award from the Honourable President of India for his achievements in chess.

Currently Shahil is North East India’s highest rated player with a rating of 2376. Guwahati Chess Association and All Assam Chess Association congratulates Shahil on his stupendous success.

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