Raunak Sadhwani, New Top 100 juniors!


Raunak Sadhwani is one of the best juniors in chess right now, also a player with great aspirations for his career. The strength of this master can’t be put in doubt, he is simply one of the best chess players in the world.

Raunak Sadhwani is the 9th youngest person in the world to become a grandmaster and the 4th in India. At some point, he was referred to in the giant chess platform ChessBase as “the strongest U16 master of the world”.

Sadhwani has had the opportunity to play alongside world-class masters like Hikaru Nakamura, or Alireza Firouzja. Raunak Sadhwani is an example of sportsmanship and discipline in chess, combined with great expectations of himself.

But he seems quiet and relaxed at the same time, definitely enjoying what he is doing the most he can. Raunak Sadhwani is an important candidate to become the world chess champion in the future.

In this post, we will show you the reasons why he is likely to be the champion someday. You can easily be stunned by this boy’s mindset and strength to play chess!

How has Raunak Sadhwani progressed in chess?

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Raunak Sadhwani fell in love with chess when he was simply a kid, in a country where chess is very important, India. Raunak’s parents are Heena and Bharat Sadhwani, who has provided the best environment for Raunak to develop his career.

Raunak learns chess in the WestBridge Anand Chess Academy, simply the best academy in India. Here, he had the chance to work with GM Artur Yusupov, Grzegorz Gajewski, and even some sessions with Viswanathan Anand!

That’s how he has trainers of very good level, ready to shape the talent that Raunak showed when he was a boy. Raunak Sadhwani also claims to have a very good circle of friends, and together they form the maximum alliance of best Indian promises.

We are talking about GM Arjun Erigaisi, GM Nihal Sarin, GM Pragg, GM D Gukesh, and others! When Raunak wants to play or train with someone he simply challenges someone over chess.com, like GM Vincent Keymer for example.

So you can see that Raunak Sadhwani has a very interesting group of chess GMs as friends, the best of the world at his age!

Raunak doesn’t hide their other passions different from chess, as he has other activities that he shares on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Even at the level, Raunak is (professional chess) which can put a lot of pressure on anyone, he seems to be calm.

A great characteristic of the young GM Raunak Sadhwani is his relaxed personality, which allows him to enjoy things slowly. He relaxes sometimes playing tennis, or even cricket, which he has said that he likes a lot.

Even so, he publicly recognizes his objective and expectations for the future, becoming the world champion. He is in for the win, looking for sponsors right now, and with a great probability of becoming the best in the world.

The Playstyle of Raunak Sadhwani

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Something very interesting that I have noticed while examining his games is that he likes to keep the pressure. Once he has the grip over the position, he doesn’t rush into action but waits for the opponent to mistake.

It’s like he knows he has the win, but slowly but surely, Raunak Sadhwani is coming close and close. You can see in his playstyle something that reminds him of Anatoly Karpov’s positional play.

In which he would make the opponent abandon his threats rather than checkmating him first. This is probably one of the reasons why he has become a grandmaster, it is a great ability.

I’m talking about the ability to keep patience when you have the advantage and don’t rush for the win. But doing this as you keep the pressure and control any counterplay is a very hard thing to do.

That’s exactly what we will learn from the games by Raunak Sadhwani, keeping patience and control.

Raunak Sadhwani’s best games

The following game is a positional masterpiece played in the Aeroflot Open in Moscow, Raunak Sadhwani is playing black.

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