Last month, Negi saw his Dubai title go up in smoke but the 19-year-old bounced back not only to clinch the Asian Continental title but also help the Indian team to win the silver at Asian Nations Cup in China, later this month.
"The loss in Dubai was very painful but I recovered well and played two good tournaments and it was a good confidence booster. I have to keep the momentum going and work on my consistency," said Negi, who also won the gold medal on 3rd board in Asia Cup in China.
"The next couple of months will be very important for me. I am aiming to reach the 2700 ELO points. I've two tournaments in Holland and Spain in July and after that there is Olympiad at Turkey in August and I will look to win these," added the teenager, whose current live rating point is 2660.
The second youngest ever Grand Master in the history of the game, Negi also became the first Indian to qualify for the World Cup to be held between August 10 to September 5 in Norway next year after wining the Asian title.
"It is quite tough to qualify for the World Cup. This year there were five seats, next year it would be four, so it would tougher. So even though Asian continental wasn't a weak tournament, I felt I had a better chance of qualifying here," said the Arjun Awardee. MORE