The First and Only Women International Master of Gujarat, Dhyani Dave, is the true example of a prodigy. Her strong, fighting spirit is evident in her performance on the Chess board. She started playing Chess at the age of 6 and won her first Silver Medal at the Asian Chess Championship 2001, when she was 9 years old – becoming the first and only girl in Gujarat to bag this achievement. At the age of 7, she represented India in the World championship and stood 7th in the World championship Under -7 girls. She played in 33 International Tournaments, 31 National Tournaments and 55 State Level Tournaments. She challenged the Bollywood star Amir Khan to a match of chess at the age of 9 and defeated him, as he stated in an interview. He was so impressed by her and even invited her to his house for a game of chess in July 2015.

  • First and only Girl Player of Gujarat who got Gold Medal in Asian Chess Championship at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium at New Delhi in U-14 Girls. 
  • First and only Girl Player of Gujarat who got Gold Medal in Commonwealth Chess Championship at Mumbai in U-16 Girls.  
  • First and only Girl Player of Gujarat who got Silver Medal in Commonwealth Chess Championship at Mumbai in U-12 Girls.  
  • First and only Girl Player of Gujarat who got Silver Medal in Asian Chess Championship at Bikaner in U-10 Girls.  
  • Awarded “Woman Fide Master Title” from Federation of International Chess – World Chess Federation during 2006. 
  • Awarded Title of “Women Fide Master” By All India Chess Federation on 4th May, 2006. She is the only Girl chess player from Gujarat to have this title on her name.  
  • Unbeaten Champion of IRT WinterChess close rating tournament in Palma De Mallorca Spain in May 2014. 
  • Ranked 10th in the Women International Spring Chess Festival in Budapest Hungary April 2015. 
  • Khelmahakumbh Champion in February 2016 

HER ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDES BEING

- Women International Master
- Limca Record Holder
- Top 100 Women Achiever of India

  • Honored by Late Former President of India, Shree Pranab Mukherjee for being in the top 100  Women Achievers of India in January 2016.
  • Winner of “Eklavya Junior Award” from Honorable Governor of Gujarat Shri Kailashpatiji Mishra in May, 2004. 
  • Winner of Eklavya Senior Award in August 2015. 
  • Awarded “Jaydipsingh-Ji-Junior” award by Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarat State during 2003. 
  • Awarded “Sardar Patel Special Award” from Government of Gujarat on 31.10.2006 at Karamsad [Gujarat]
  • Selected by All India Chess Federation for Special Coaching Camp by Grand Master Maxim Sorokin at Bangalore during July, 2001. 
  • Selected by All India Chess Federation for ‘3 Weeks Chess Coaching Camp” at Calicut during May, 2003 & May, 2004 [Twice]. 
  • Selected for “Special Award” to Medal Winners in International sports Events from Su. Shri Umabharatiji at “Vigyan Bhavan”, New Delhi in March, 2002. 
  • Selected for “Special Award” to Medal Winners in International sports Events from Late Shri Sunil Dutt at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi in March, 2005. 
  • Selected as “Bournvita Confidence Child” during 2004. 

Once an average student, Dhyani Dave completed her Computer Engineering with 94% and attributes the success to the game of Chess – which helped develop her mental faculties and instilled in her, the spirit of Competition. She believes that Chess has chosen her and entirely changed her thought process. As a Chess Coach, she now, instills this same spirit in her students and along with guiding them on their path to excel at Chess, she helps shape their overall development including better concentration, problem solving and decision-making skills.