Darpan Inani: A prolific blind Indian chess player from Vadodara


Darpan Inani  is a prolific blind Indian chess player from Vadodara. He is the highest rated blind chess player in India with an ELO rating of 2053 as of Nov 2013. Rated 2053, he has been a bronze medalist at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Belgrade.He is the youngest player to have ever won the National blind chess championships. He is the only Indian visually impaired chess player to have ever won international first prize at the Creon open chess tournament in France in August 2018. This was a historic moment for Indian chess when a visually impaired player won first prize in international open sighted tournament in his rating category. He is honoured with the Yuva Ratna award by All India Marwari Yuva Manch in April 2018 in Siliguri, West Bengal. He is the recipient of the Navratna Award – 2018 awarded by Yuma Television. He has featured in HDFC life commercial.

His parents are Satish Inani (father) and Vimala Inani (mother). As a young boy of age 3 years, he was affected by the Steven Johnson Syndrome and lost his vision completely. He is an aspiring Chartered Accountant. He also plays the tabla and the harmonium. He has also taken vocal training in Indian classical music center. He is a yellow belt in Karate.

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