Akshat Khamparia, International Chess Champion from Katni, is the first player from Central India to hold an 'International Master' Title, which he won in the championship held in Sydney in April 2011. He is a player who has played many National Championships and International Championship and is the only WINNER player of Madhya Pradesh to win all the State U-8, U-10, U-12,U- 14,U-16,U- 19, U-25 & Seniors Chess Championship.
Akshat has represented India in various International Championships at Turkey, Malaysia, Bahrain, UAE, Srilanka, Iran, Nepal and many other countries. He is the Silver Medallist in Commonwealth Chess Championship 2008. Rating wise, he is the best player in whole of Madhya Pradesh since 2003 and has been awarded the 'FIDE MASTER' Title from World Chess Federation. The Champion had also adjudged International Master in the 82 nd FIDE Congress 2011 at Karkow, Poland, in October 2011.
Son of Mr. Anil Khamparia and Ms. Saroj Khamparia, Akshat started playing chess at the age of seven. Born on 2 nd February 1989, in Katni, Madhya Pradesh. Akshat had done his entire schooling from Bardsle School, Katni. He completed his Bachelor's from IPS Academy-Indore and thereafter finished his Masters in Business Administration from iLEAD School of Business-Indore. He credits his success to his uncle and mentor, Dr. S. K. Khamparia who has been a great source of encouragement for him. He also acclaims the contribution of his Coaches Mr. P. R. Pattanaik (Orissa) and Ian Rogers (Grandmaster from Sydney) for all his accomplishments and also for inculcating an optimistic attitude in him. Akshat likes to follow games of Ekaro Nakamura from USA and Shakriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan although his all time favourite is Garry Kasparov from Russia.
The genius prepares himself through playing in-built games on his laptop and reading about classic games from the past. "I read literature and analyze my previous games which helps me in planning strategies", he said. According to him a person's personality has a lot to do with the type of game he plays. "Your game reflects the type of person you are. You will suffer if you don't know how to manage time. It happens in chess. A player is likely to make a stupid mistake if he is asked to speed up his moves", he said elaborating as he used to take time in deciding moves, later he applied time management to his routine and witnessed a dramatic change in his games. He follows the ideology, "Respecting your time is honoring your talent".
Besides Chess, Akshat is fond of playing Table Tennis and enjoys music and reading books in his leisure time. He is a regular contributor to the 'Chess Columns' in various magazines and newspapers and is also writing a book on the 'History of M.P. Chess'. He wishes to become a Grand Master and also want to open one Chess Academy in Madhya Pradesh in order to promote the 'Chess Culture' in India.
Akshat is associated with renowned organizations like the State Bank of India, Indian Railways, ACC Ltd., JP cement etc., Rotary International etc. for Chess Championships.