(Last Updated on : 09/01/2015)
Male Chess Players in India are constantly on the grow and doing quite well internationally as well. The male chess players of India have earned a lot of popularity in India along with the game Chess, since its inception and its popularity is still increasing day by day.
Arjun Vishnuvardhan is an Indian chess player
who became the young International Master in U.S.A. when he was merely 16 years of age. In 2006, at the age of 15, Vishnuvardhan became the National Game-60 Chess Champion of America by defeating the top International Master Edward Formanek, who is a mathematics professor in Pennsylvania University. Due to this achievement the chess prodigy became the youngest National Game 60 Champion. Arjun Vishnuvardhan is one of India's most remarkable chess talents. His steady rise in the game of chess has placed him firmly in the list of Indian chess luminaries
Mir Sultan Khan
Mir Sultan Khan was considered to have been the most substantial chess
master from Asia during pre-independent India. Sultan Khan was a servant of Colonel Nawab Sir Umar Hayat Khan, who brought him to England. There he participated in several Chess championships and made his mark as a champion in the game. He stayed there with his patron for five years (1929- 1933) and won the British Championship of 3 times in four attempts. His performance in various tournaments ranked Mir Sultan Khan amongst the top ten players in the world. After that he was never to be seen by the world of chess again. Even though he was recognized as one of the top chess players in the world during the early 1930s, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) never bestowed Mir Sultan Khan any title.
Krishnan Sasikiran is a chess player from India who has achieved the title of Grandmaster. He is ranked 2nd (after Viswanathan Anand
) in India, ranked 6th in Asia and 56th in the world in FIDE rating as on September 2011. Sasikiran is often referred to as Sasi and he has achieved the title of Grandmaster at the 2000 Commonwealth Championship. The eminent chess player won the esteemed Hastings International Chess tournament in the year 2001. Krishnan Sasikiran also won the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen and the 4th Asian Individual Championship during the year 2003. In the Sigeman Tournament held in Denmark in the year 2005, he tied against Jan Timman for first place. Later in 2009, Krishnan Sasikiran tied with Etienne Bacrot for 2nd- 3rd, in Antwerp.
Magesh Panchanathan was born in the year 1983 in the Indian city of Madurai
, Tamil Nadu
. He developed an interest in the game after seeing his father and brother playing chess and distinguished himself at an early age. Magesh Panchanathan is a graduate student at the University of Texas, Dallas.
Parimarjan Negi is an Indian chess
player and a reputed Grandmaster. Parimarjan Negi was born on 9th February 1993. He became the 2nd youngest Grandmaster on July 1st 2006 at the age of thirteen years, four months and twenty two days. Parimarjan Negi won his 3rd and final International Master norm in July 2005 at the Sort International Open Chess Tournament in Spain. He also won his 3rd and final Grandmaster norm in Russia at the Chelyabinsk Region Superfinal Championship in the year 2006. The current FIDE rating of Parimarjan Negi is 2641, of January 2011.
Srinath Narayanan is a former Indian chess
prodigy who hails from Chennai
. When he was at the merely 5 years old, he defeated his father in a chess game and thus his talent in chess was recognized. He was born in the year 1994. Narayanan won the under-12 world chess championship that was conducted in Belfort, France in July 2005. He attained the final score of 8.5 with three other players Wesley So (Philippines), Samvel Ter Sahakyan (Armenia) and Sanan Sjugirov (Russia). The excellent Indian chess player is an International Master. As of July 2011, the FIDE Elo rating of Srinath Narayanan is 2371. In the year 2002, Srinath became the youngest FIDE rated chess player in India.
Pendyala Harikrishna is an internationally recognised chess prodigy from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh
. In a career spanning from 1996, when he was just 10, to the present day, Harikrishna has played remarkably in several international and national tournaments. He early became the cynosure of Indian chess by attaining Grandmaster status in 2001, making him India's youngest to attain the title, and has continued to perform remarkably in several formats of the game. Pendyala Harikrishna is presently ranked No. 8 in Asia and 76th in the world as per FIDE rating as on July 2011. Pendyala Harikrishna was born on 10th May 1986 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Dibyendu Barua is regarded as the Second Indian to become a Grandmaster after Viswanathan Anand
. Dibyendu Barua, a chess
Grandmaster who hails from the city of Kolkata
in the Indian state of West Bengal
. In the year 1978, when he was only 12 years old, he participated as the youngest participant in the Indian National Championship of chess. The chess lovers acclaimed this emergence of a chess prodigy. In the year 1982, still in his teens, the world number two GM Viktor Korchnoi was defeated by him in London. Thus he won his maiden national championship.
Sandipan Chanda is a well known Indian chess
player and Grandmaster. He was born on 13th August in the year 1983 and resides in the city of Kolkata
in the Indian state of West Bengal
. In the year 2003, Sandipan Chanda became a chess grandmaster. Sandipan Chanda has participated and played for the country in the Chess Olympiads in the years 2004, 2006 and 2008. He has attained the 4th rank in India after Viswanathan Anand, Krishnan Sasikiran, and Pendyala Harikrishna.
Sahaj Grover is a well known Indian chess
player from Delhi
who won the Under-10 World Chess Championship in July 2005. He is an International master of chess. In the Under-10 World Chess Championship, Sahaj Grover tied the game with Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan in the final round. The championship was held in Belfort, France. He acquired 9 points out of 11 and defeated Russia's Ivan Bukashvin and became the winner. Sahaj Grover, a chess
prodigy, was born in the year 1995.
Abhijeet Gupta is an Indian chess player with the title Grandmaster. He hails from Bhilwara
. He was born on October 16, 1989. Abhijeet has won many awards for India. He won 19 medals from various parts of the World in Asian and Commonwealth Chess Championships in Sub Junior, Junior and Senior Category. Abhijeet became National Junior (Under-19) Chess Champion at the age of 13 years in 2002. It is a record unsurpassed till 2011. His name was also included in the Limca Book of Records in 2001 as the permanent record holder.
Abhijit Kunte is a talented chess player from India who was born on 3rd March 1977 in Pune
in the Indian state
. He received the title of a grandmaster. Many times he participated in Indian Chess Championship (1997, 2000) where he won two gold medals and four bronze medals (1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005). He also won the British Chess Championship (took 2nd, behind Krishnan Sasikiran, at Sangli 2000, and 3rd at Mumbai 2003, Nguyen Anh Dung won off contest).
Manuel Aaron was the first Indian chess master to earn the title of International Master. From the 1960s to the 1980s, he played the predominant role in the field of chess in India. Between 1959 and 1981, Manuel Aaron was the national champion of India nine times. He was the mastermind behind the introduction of international chess practices to India. He is also regarded as the one of the key figures in Indian Chess until the 1960s, which was known as chaturanga
or shatranj and often played applying many local traditional variants. The international variety was popularized with the hands of Aaron. He played also instrumental role in forming many chess groups and advocating players to study openings and other formal chess literature.
Surya Shekhar Ganguly
Surya Shekhar Ganguly is a famous Indian chess Grandmaster born on 24th February in 1983. He is a chess prodigy from Kolkata
in West Bengal
. He started his chess training from an early age of 5 and achieved tremendous success at the National Junior and World Junior Levels when he was 8 years old. He too became one of the youngest players to beat a grandmaster at the age of 11.
Ridit Sunil Nimdia is one of the youngest Indian chess players
and was born in the year 2004. He is from Mumbai
from the Indian state
. He started playing competitive chess from a very young age and became the youngest ever chess player to receive his first official Elo ratings of 1283.
Hetul Shah is a young talent born in the year 1999. He is a gifted Indian chess player
and at the age of nine he became the youngest person to defeat a grandmaster in chess at a standard (non-fast chess) time control when he defeated Nurlan Ibrayev of Kazakhstan on 11th January 2009 at the 7th Parsvnath International Open chess tournament in round one. Hetul was playing with Black and his Elo rating was 1817, almost 600 points below his opponents rating of 2407.
Moheschunder Bannerjee or Mahesh Chandra Banerjee as he was also popularly known as was a solid chess player from Bengal, now known as West Bengal
. He had a very unique style of play and many of his game formats still lives fresh in our minds through the writings of John Cochrane, who regularly played Bannerjee between 1848 and 1860, during Cochrane's tenure at the Calcutta (Kolkata
) bar. In most cases his first name is misspelled as Mohishunder, though Mahescandra is a variant. Banerjee is a common Bengali Brahmin
Praveen Mahadeo Thipsay is an Indian grandmaster born on 12th August 1959. He is a popular figure in the Indian chess circuit and has won many Indian championships including 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.
For the first time in his career, Praveen Mahadeo Thipsay tied with Kevin Spraggett in the Commonwealth Chess Championship in the year 1985. Then in the year 1998 he tied with Sergey Zagrebelny, Mohamad Al-Modiahki and Amanmurad Kakageldyev for 4-7th in the Asian Chess Championship in Iran. Again in 2004 he tied for 2-6th behind Marat Dzhumaev in Pune and in the same year tied for 2nd and 3rd with Saidali Iuldachev and Chakkravarthy Deepan in Lucknow. He won the FIDE rated All India Open Ches Tournament in Mangalore n the year 2007.
During his peak period in August 1981, Praveen Mahadeo Thipsay was ranked number 141 in the world as his ratings were similar to 2571. His best single performance was at Brighton in BCF Championship in the year 1984 where he scored 6.5 out of 10 possible points (65%) against 2549 rated opposition, for a performance rating of 2623. He was India's number 24 with Elo rating of 2469, according to the 2009 FIDE ratings.
Umakant Sharma, was born in the year 1982, and is a controversial Indian chess player
who was forbidden from taking part in competitive chess for ten years due to cheating. He was caught red handed during the Subroto Mukherjee tournament in India in which he was detected receiving instruction from an accomplice, during the Subroto Mukherjee memorial international rating chess tourney at Subroto Park, using a chess computer via Bluetooth enabled device which had been sewn into his cap.
Geetha Narayanan Gopal
Geetha Narayanan Gopal is a young chess player. He was born in the year 1989 and is a young chess grandmaster from Aluva, in the Indian state
. He started playing the game from a very young age, at the age of 10. During his growing up years he was coached by TM Sankaran Namboothiripad, and as he grew up he took chess lessons from Ruslan Scherbakov and Evgeny Vladimirov. The latter two chess trainer provided lessons from a chess camps. Right from a very young age, his dedication towards chess was noteworthy and that patience and actually helped him to earn the tile of Chess Grandmaster in 2007.
Right throughout his growing up days he and his family had to make several sacrifices to see him grow as a chess player. His elder bother Gokul, gave up his lucrative engineering job to become his manager. In the year 2009, the All India Chess Federation
banned him from participating in any further game as he did not play in any national championship. The AICF was accused of arbitrariness and the ban was subsequently revoked