"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak" - Epictetus
Venkat learnt the ABC's of chess from his parents at the age of five. He learnt the tactics of the game while his parents were playing each other. His father was a teacher by profession, and ensured all of his four kids learnt chess quickly. Venkat pursued chess in college, and achieved 2nd place in his 1st State Level Rapid Tournament. He became the University Champion and led the University Chess Team in the All India Inter University Championship.
After his graduation, he joined Indian Air Force (IAF) and continued his passion for Chess. He won the Western Air Command Chess Championship. He represented IAF in a FIDE rated National Chess Team Championship. He received the prestigious commendation award from the Air Chief Marshal, for his outstanding service. After successfully completing service with IAF, he joined i2 Technologies and later moved to Oracle Corporation, Bangalore. He was selected to play with GM Vishy Anand in Simul-Challenge-2006. He is currently working in Oracle as Engineering Director in USA. In the last 15 years he and his team earned many awards at the corporate level championships.
Apart from chess, he is very passionate to coach kids. His critical thinking and chess coaching sessions are very popular amongst children. His poetic work namely "Magana Mathe" which describes the bond between mother and son was published in 2008.
Venkat is working with like-minded people across the globe to help kids, with a motto of "Coach them Young and Watch Them Grow!"
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