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Mr. Chess Professional

About Me:

I am a Professional Chess Player. I would like to apply for an MBA to help get into consulting. What are my odds of breaking into consulting roles with my non-traditional sports background?


Undergrad School: College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University

Undergrad Major: Industrial Engineering

GPA: 8.7

GRE: 317

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: International Master in Chess

Work History:

Title: Coach at a Chess Training Institute

Industry: Chess training

Company: Sports Training instuition

Length of Employment: 4 yrs, 3 mos

Big Life Wins:

I was awarded the title of ‘International Master’ in 2018 by FIDE, the international governing body of chess, for consistent high-level performance at international tournaments. Also, I organized chess training camps at residential communities and got students interested in Chess as a career.

Post MBA Goal:

I wish to join consulting as my Post MBA career field. I have extensive experience in travelling and also utilized skills like communication, teamwork and problem solving during my chess career.


Target School: Duke Fuqua

Status: Open

Considering: Kellogg, Stanford GSB


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 15%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Mr. Chess Professional,
    You’ve had quite the chess career! This is Debbie Choy from mbaMission and GSB alum. I think your non-traditional background differentiates you from the crowd. The challenge is to demonstrate the Admissions Committee that you have valuable transferable skills to contribute to business school classroom discussions. As you pull your apps together, also be sure to describe what motivates you to be passionate about your career goals. Why consulting? Your GRE could be a concern for the Admissions Committee, as it is below the average at Fuqua. My estimate of your odds are based on your current GRE but if you increase your GRE score, your chances will also improve. If you would like to discuss your profile in more detail, feel …

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