(Last Updated on : 08/04/2017)
Indian Chess players are constantly and consistently on the rise and doing quite well internationally as well. Chess is one of the oldest sports in India and is played by the Indian people, quite extensively. The game has earned a lot of popularity in India since its inception and its popularity is still increasing day by day.
India has already produced several talented Chess players so far and the Indian Chess players have already proved themselves in the international arena. They have performed extraordinary in many international Chess tournaments and showed their excellent skills on Chess board. Among all the Indian Chess players, Vishwanathan Anand
is definitely someone, who has contributed in changing the entire scenario of chess in India. Anand is currently the World Chess Champion and he has brought a lot of glory to India by winning the World Championship in all the three formats of Chess. No Chess player in the world has achieved this feat so far.
In the history of Indian Chess, the state of West Bengal
probably has produced the highest number of talented Chess players, so far. The players like Dibyendu Barua
, Surya Shekhar Ganguly
, Sandipan Chanda
, Nilotpal Das, Nisha Mohta, Abhijeet Gupta, Dronavalli Harika, Pendyala Harikrishna
, Eesha Karavade, Rohini Khadilkar, Nadig Kruttika, Abhijit Kunte
, Moheschunder Bannerjee
, Aman Sharma, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Akshayraj Kore, Babu M.R. Lalith, Dronavalli Harika, Sethuraman P. Sethuraman, Baskaran Adhiban, Deep Sengupta, Sriram Jha, Subramanian Arun Prasad and many others have earned significant recognition and reputation at the international level. Apart from West Bengal
, the South Indian states have also produced many talented and top class Chess players.
Viswanathan Anand is an Indian chess Grandmaster and a former World Chess Champion. Viswanathan Anand became India's first grandmaster in 1988. He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov and in the World Chess Championship 2012 against Boris Gelfand. In the World Chess Championship 2013 he lost to challenger Magnus Carlsen and he lost again to Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2014.
Dibyendu Barua was born on October 27, 1966. He is a chess Grandmaster from the city of Kolkata
in the Indian state of West Bengal
Praveen Mahadeo Thipsay
Praveen Mahadeo Thipsay is an Indian chess grandmaster. He won the Indian Chess Championship in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1994 and played for India in the Chess Olympiads of 1982, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002.
Krishnan Sasikiran is an Indian chess grandmaster. He was one of Viswanathan Anand's seconds in the World Chess Championship 2013.
Pentala Harikrishna is a chess Grandmaster from Guntur District
of Andhra Pradesh
. He became the youngest grandmaster from India on September 12, 2001, a record now held by Parimarjan Negi. He was Commonwealth Champion in 2001, World Junior Champion in 2004 and Asian Individual Champion in 2011.
Abhijit Kunte (born 3 March 1977 in Pune) is an Indian chess Grandmaster. He has participated many times in the Indian Chess Championship, winning two gold medals (1997, 2000) and four bronze medals (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005).
Humpy Koneru is hailing from Vijayawada. He is an Indian chess grandmaster. In October 2007, she became the second female player, after Judit Polgár, to exceed the 2600 Elo rating mark, being rated 2606.
Sandipan Chanda is a chess Grandmaster hailing from the city of Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal. Sandipan became grandmaster in 2003. He played for India in the Chess Olympiads of 2004, 2006 and 2008. He was Viswanathan Anand's second for the World Chess Championship 2013 match.
Surya Shekhar Ganguly
Surya Shekhar Ganguly is an Indian chess grandmaster, 2009 Asian champion and six-time Indian champion.
Ramachandran Ramesh is an Indian chess grandmaster from Chennai who won the 2002 British Championship and 2007 Commonwealth Championship. He is married to WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy.
Magesh Chandran Panchanathan
Magesh Chandran Panchanathan is an Indian chess Grandmaster. In 2003 he won Asian Junior Championship in Sri Lanka. In 2005 he tied for first with Kamil Miton in the 33rd World Open, played in Philadelphia.
Baskaran Adhiban is an Indian chess Grandmaster. He was the 2008 World Under-16 Champion and the 2009 Indian champion.
Sethuraman Panayappan Sethuraman
Sethuraman Panayappan Sethuraman is an Indian chess grandmaster. He achieved the three norms required for the grandmaster title with shared second place and a score of 8/10 points at the Parsvnath Open in New Delhi in 2009, third place and 6.5/9 score at the Paris International Championship in 2010, and winning the Voivoda Cup in Legnica with 7/9 in the same year.
Geetha Narayanan Gopal
Geetha Narayanan Gopal is an Indian Chess Grand Master from Kochi
. His father initiated him to chess at the age of 10 years. Geetha Narayanan Gopal became Kerala's first Grand Master in 2007 at 18 and International Master on December 25, 2006 at 17.
Musunuri Lalith Babu
Musunuri Lalith Babu is hailing from Krishna District
of Andhra Pradesh
. He is an Indian chess player. At Hastings London 2012, he was awarded with the coveted title of Grand Master.
Indian Chess players have made their mark in the international arena at various levels, be it in junior level or the senior level. India has the proud of producing World Champions in both the junior and senior levels and also in various age-wise competitions. India also has the credit of producing a large number of Grand Masters and International Masters in Chess. The Indian Chess players start playing Chess at a tender age and the various age-wise Indian Chess tournaments help them a lot in becoming a much better Chess player.
Apart from the Indian Chess players, who have established themselves in the international Chess circuit, there are also many Chess players, who are promising to become stars in the near future. Most of the junior level Indian Chess players have the talent and ability to bring many more World Championships in India. The entire scenario of Indian Chess is surely looking to be quite bright and promising, with a healthy input of talented Chess players, every year.