February 25, 2021

India’s Nihal Sarin wins Gazprom Brilliancy Prize

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Nihal Sarin became the winner of the Gazprom Brilliancy Prize, a special trophy awarded to the best game from the FIDE Online World Cadets and Youth Championship held in December last year.

His victory over Francesco Sonis received 5 votes out of 9.

One of the most talented players of his generation, Nihal Sarin won not only the Gazprom Brilliancy Prize but also the title in the U18 category, beating Shant Sargsyan in the final.

FIDE had invited a panel of 9 popular streamers and YouTubers to be the judges for the Gazprom Brilliancy Prize, asking them to pick a favorite game. Five out of nine judges chose Sarin’s game as their top choice.

Daniel King / Powerplay Chess 
Pick: Nihal Sarin


Sagar Shah / Chessbase India
Pick: Nihal Sarin


Levy Rozman / Gotham Chess
Pick: Nihal Sarin


Fiona Steil-Antoni / Fionchetta
Pick: Nihal Sarin

Georgios Souleidis / The Big Greek
Pick: Nihal Sarin

Maria Emelianova / Photochess
Pick: Ediz Gurel

Michael Rahal
Pick: D Gukesh

James Canty III
Pick: Amirreza Pour Agha Bala

Manuel Lopez Michelone
Pick: D Gukesh

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