About Chess Gaja

Chess Gaja was started in 2019 under the name of Chess Gyaan. Chess Gaja became a registered company in 2021, with the founders being GrandMaster and FIDE Trainer Priyadharshan Kannappan (www.priyadharshan.com) and Mrs Meenakshi Palaniappan.

Gaja is a Sanskrit word that means Elephant. The Elephant is a symbol of intellect, wisdom, and imagination which are the qualities that we strive every day to share with our students in the academy. 

The idea of Chess Gaja is to create an ecosystem where learning chess is fun and enjoyable.

Fun Fact – Chathuranga, the ancient form of chess, had a piece called Gaja.


To be the premier chess learning academy, and to create not just world-class chess players but also extraordinary human beings, by using chess as an analytical tool.


To inspire and nourish the human brain to think critically – one person at a time.

Our Values

  • Share the love for the game to students, and instill a lifelong passion for them to the game.

  • Put the needs of the students first and foremost in all situations.

  • Don’t teach but guide the students on the right path.

  • We don’t train the pupils’ mind but show them how to perfect their instruments of knowledge.

  • Be a guide and friend and encourage the student in the learning process.

  • We don’t impart knowledge but show how one can acquire knowledge for themself.

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