She was as mischievous as any other child of her age at 9. But unlike others, she got a unique punishment for her pranks — she would have to play chess with her father. Initially, the sessions that last for 20 minutes , gradually became longer. Well, the playful disciplinary action became the turning point in her life. Not only did she start participating in tournaments, she also realised that chess was her passion.
Since then, she has participated in numerous Chess Tournaments in India and across the world.. Milestone was when she was conferred the title of Women International Master on winning the Asian Youth (U-17) Championship held at New Delhi. It was proud moment when she was felicitated by Honourable Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis and Minister for School Education and Sports, Shri Vinod Tawde
Practicing for 7-8 hours a day, Parnali loves to read books to improve her game and often practices online.She is currently pursuing Commerce representing India at the international level does not affect her studies.
She considers Mikhail Tal and Aron Nimzowitsch as her role models.
Recently she won Silver medal at commonwealth chess championship Junior girls held at New Delhi.
Currently coached by Sharad Tilak, an International Master and Shri Pravin Thipsay , Grand Master Parnali is at present off in Italy representing India in World Junior Chess Championship .
Parnali Dharia, is a Woman International Master and aims to be a Grand Master .