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Haran RasalingamBy Haran Rasalingam
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Haran RasalingamBy Haran Rasalingam
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About

My name is Haran Rasalingam and I love chess! I'm a league and tournament chess with many years' experience. I really enjoy it, but I have often felt that the way chess events are put on could be done much, much better.  

In London, we have a lively and vibrant chess community in London. Collectively, we have a wealth of talent and passion. I know we could tap into this a lot more to make London a truly amazing hub of chess culture, vibrant, diverse and inclusive.   

I have recently carried out a survey to find out what kind of improvements people are after and the results have confirmed my thoughts: 

  • People want much more comfortable and welcoming environments to play chess 
  • People want a more respectful atmosphere 
  • People want a more gender balance and more diversity 
  • People want the opportunity to learn from the masters after a match and, in turn, masters want to be rewarded more for their talents 

My chess framework consists of the following:

  • team league event for serious amateurs: morning match combined with afternoon coaching and lectures from top players (who will normally be participating in the matches as well)
  • teams must be gender-balanced (50% male, 50% female) - this will make chess more accessible to more people and create a friendlier atmosphere
  • all games are recorded and participants can pay for further analysis of their games through my chess learning site

This model will be a refreshing new format for the chess world. I have a software tech background and, as this league develops, I will be bringing in a number of software tools to enhance the learning experience of participants, so this really can be a giant leap forward for the chess world. Let's make London an amazing chess capital of the world!

Risks and challenges

The main difficulty is finding the sweet spot of how much people are willing to pay for this. Currently working on sponsorship to really enhance the experience.

But the value will be seen by the real learning benefits to be gained. So I would say that the key risk is the quality of coaching. My approach is based on the fact that chess players will tell you that they learn best from the study of their own games, but rarely do they get a chance to go through them with an expert.

The way I am approaching this model is in Lean Startup mode, so I am using a "Test & Learn" model - starting with minimal outlay and tweaking the model with each meeting.

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