Girish Koushik is the 63rd Chess Grandmaster. The feat is a testimony to Grisih’s talent. His father Arun Kumar is a businessman and coach to Arun Kumar.
The Elite group :
Girish Koushik went to Europe to play in three tournaments in May and June 2019 with a rating of 2444 and 1 GM norm. His first GM norm was scored all the way back at the World Juniors in 2011.
Girish’s first tournament was the Llucmajor Open where he scored his 2nd GM norm and also gained 25.4 Elo points.
In the second event of the Europe trip, which was the First Saturday, June edition, Girish scored his final GM norm and also gained 20.3 Elo points.
This completed his norm requirements for the GM title and took his live rating to 2489.7. Girish then played at the Balaton International Chess Festival 2019 GM round-robin event and gained 11 points, thus reaching a Live rating of 2500.7.
Girish Koushik: 1997 born Girish Koushik becomes India’s 63rd GM and the third from the state of Karnataka after Thejkumar and Stany.
Speaking to ChessBase India after his phenomenal achievement, Girish said, “It feels amazing to achieve my GM title. Especially, because I didn’t have any preparation before these 3 tournaments. I had just finished my 8th-semester B.E exams on the day of departure!”
Girish is not only a GM but also an electronic engineer! When he was a young kid Girish had become the Asian champion in under-8, 10, 12, 14 and 16! He had won multiple national and world titles as well! It was achieved through sheer will power and belief. That same qualities were on show as Girish defied all odds and overcame his long break to achieve his cherished dream of becoming a grandmaster.
Education of Girish Koushik :
Girish became academically inclined and started to pursue Electronics and Communications Engineering at RV College of Engineering in Bengaluru. It seemed like India had lost a GM. Not quite true. The moment his 8th semester got over Girish packed his bags and left for a three-tournament Europe trip in May-June 2019.
The 8th semester at the RV College of Engineering had just come to an end. Girish Koushik couldn’t wait to catch a flight and play in the three tournaments that he had planned during May and June 2019. They were the Llucmajor tournament in Spain, First Saturday, June edition in Hungary and Balaton GM Round Robin also in Hungary.
Girish wants to devote more time to chess. He wants to pursue his masters. He is looking out for a good sponsor.