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.
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.
Mir Sultan Khan
Mir Sultan Khan was considered to have been the most substantial chess master from Asia during pre-independent India.
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.
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 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.
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.
Dibyendu Barua is regarded as the Second Indian to become a Grandmaster after Viswanathan Anand. Dibyendu Barua, a chessGrandmaster who hails from the city of Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal.
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.
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.
Abhijeet Gupta is an Indian chess player with the title Grandmaster. He hails from Bhilwara in Rajasthan. 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 of Maharashtra. 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.
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 of Maharashtra. 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 was a solid chess player from West Bengal. He played the conventional chess in most of the tournaments.
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.
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.
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 of Kerala. He started playing the game from a very young age, at the age of 10.
Chakkravarthy Deepan is an Indian Chess Grandmaster.
Deep Sengupta is a chess player from Jharkhand, who now resides in Kasba in Kolkata, West Bengal. Deep Sengupta is rated at 2540 Elo. He is India's 22nd grandmaster. He started chess with the Chakradharpur Chess Academy, and won the World Youth Chess Championship (boys) in 2000.