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Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

Top 10 famous Chess players in India

Introduction: About the Game

Chess is a game of two players. It is a board game that evolved from its Indian and Persian origins. The game’s current form has emerged in the region of Southern Europe during the second half of the 15th Century. In today’s world, this game is played globally and is one of the most popular games of modern times. Some games are relatable, like Xiangqi. 

Nature of the game 

The game is a board game that requires abstract strategy and alertness of one’s mind. The game is played on a square board where 64 blocks are there which are so arranged in an 8*8 grid. The game requires strategy, and the two players involved will be controlling 16 pieces each, where one of the players will be maintaining white ones and the other black ones. 

Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

Pieces

There are 32 pieces in total, where 16 of the pieces involving 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Rooks, 2 bishops, two knights, and 8 pawns in white, and the other 16 pieces are the black counterparts of them.

Objective

Both the players come with the sole objective of Checkmate, the king of the opponent.

International Recognition

Chess has become an international board game, where people in every part of the world are engaged in playing the game. Therefore, the organized body for the conduction of such games was essential to be made. FIDE is one such organization for the game of chess. FIDE stands for International Chess Federation. FIDE is the organization or body which is currently governing the competition on chess conducted globally. We all know that the world champion is Magnus Carlsen for current times. 

Art and Chess

Chess is no less than a combined art refined board game. It influenced Western culture involving aspects of art combined with connections with fields like Mathematics, psychology, and Computer science.

What does the term Tactics signify in a game of chess?

Tactics that help you play chess can be more defined on short-term actions; the possible depth of the analysis and calculation then depends entirely on the Player’s caliber and ability.

The strategy involves and should concern the evaluating the position of each piece, their possible moves, and the reaction by the counterpart in a much more futuristic approach with setting up goals and blueprints towards your winning strategy. 

What does an Endgame mean?

Endgame is that part of the game when there are only a few pieces left on a board to play are differentiated from the earlier stages of the game in mainly 3 ways

  • Pawns play an essential role; exchanging pawns with an advanced rank can change the game. 
  • The king, however, remains the most important piece of the game. In the earlier stages of the game, it was safeguarded by many pieces of different ranks for the endgame. It has to move in a way to both defend itself as well as to attack. 
  • Zugzwang emerges as a factor in the endgame only and is not used in any one of the stages of the game in the initials. 

Indian representation according to FIDA and the top 10 players of India

According to FIDA, India’s representation is bold at an international forum. We have 68 grandmasters, 124 International Masters, 42 Women International Masters, 20 Woman grandmasters, and a total of around 33,028 rated players till January 2021. 

Here is the list of the players who made India proud

1. Vishwanathan Anand

Nobody who follows the game of chess has heard this name. Vishwanathan Anand is considered the best Indian Chess player globally. Moreover, because of his achievements yet, he has been given the title of “Tiger of Madras” by the people. He is also nicknamed Vishy Anand.

Vishwanathan Anand | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Vishwanathan Anand | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

He has been the first and only Indian chess player ever to cross 2800 marks on the FIDE rating list and has won the world championship under FIDE five times from 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. He is the world’s rapid chess champion, and because of him, Indians witnessed their first grandmaster in 1988. 

For his brilliance at the game and achievements, he was awarded the second-highest civilian award, which was the Padma Vibhushan and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1991-92. 

2. Pentala Harikrishna

After winning the commonwealth championship, Pentala Harikrishna, who belongs to Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, was privileged to become the youngest grandmaster from India in 2021. Harikrishna has represented India about seven times in Chess Olympiad, from the year 2000 to 2012. He also won the World Junior Championship in 2004 and the trophy for the Asian Individual championship in the year 2011. 

Pentala Harikrishna | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Pentala Harikrishna | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

On the live Elo rating, he overtook Vishwanathan Anand by scoring around 2763.3 and is counted among the world’s top ten players in the year 2016. 

3. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi belonged to Nasik, the city in Maharashtra, and was the first Indian to have won the U-14 World Youth Chess Championship in 2008 and thus gained the title of an International Master. 

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

He is currently the 3rd Indian chess player with a ranking of 2726 at the International Chess Federation. 

4. Bhaskaran Adhiban

Born in August 1992, Bhaskaran is an Indian chess grandmaster. He won the World under-16 champion in the year 2008  and 2009 Indian champion. Bhaskaran has gained the title of Beast; because of his hyper-aggressive style of play and belongs to Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu. His current rating at International Chess Federation stands at 2672, according to the November 2021 data. 

Bhaskaran Adhiban | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Bhaskaran Adhiban | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

5. Krishnan Sasikiran

Four times winner of the Indian Chess Championship, Krishnan Sasikaran, another chess player hailing from Tamil Nadu, won the championship in the year 1999,2002, 2003, and 2013. 

One beautiful thing about this Player is that he never took any classes for learning the game and has taken teachings from his father only from a very early age of nine years. 

Krishnan Sasikiran | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Krishnan Sasikiran | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

He also won the Asian Junior Chess Championship, which was held in Vietnam in 1999

He finally was able to brag the title of grandmaster in the year 2000 and is currently at a rating of 2647 at FIDE. 

6. S.P. Sethuraman

S.P. Sethuraman is an Indian Chess Grandmaster from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, ranked 2620 at FIDE. 

S.P. Sethuraman | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
S.P. Sethuraman | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

In 2016, this fellow from India was able to brag the trophy for the Asian Chess Championship held at Tashkent. In the year 2018, the 28-year-old grandmaster participated in the Aeroflot Open. 

7. Chithambaram Aravindh

Aravindh Chithambaram is the youngest Indian Chess grandmaster and won the trophy for the Indian Chess Championship twice in the year 2018 and 2019. He is currently 22 years old only and bragged a rating of 2611 at FIDE. Aravindh hails from Tamil Nadu only. His mother worked at Life Insurance Corporation agent to support the family when his father died when he was three years old. His parental grandfather introduced him to this game of chess, which changed his life completely. He started learning chess from his grandfather when he was around seven years old. The attempt at that time was to quell his desire to go out to play cricket all the time with his friends.

Chithambaram Aravindh | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Chithambaram Aravindh | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

Aravindh, only at the age of 12, won the Indian U-19 Chess championship and thus eventually competed for the championship in the world U14 chess championship in 2012. 

He bragged the title for International Master in 2014 and then was able to brag the title of grandmaster by the year 2015 only.

8. Parimarjan Negi

Parimarjan Negi is an Indian chess grandmaster who bragged the title at the age of 13 years only, also making him the 6th youngest grandmaster in history. 

Parimarjan Negi | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Parimarjan Negi | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

In 2010, Negi was awarded Arjuna Award. He was also the one who broke the record of Pentala Harikrishna in the Asian championship and eventually became the second-youngest grandmaster in India. Currently, he is at 2639 in the ratings according to the FIDE. 

9. Surya Shekhar Ganguly

Surya Shekhar Ganguly has bragged some mind-blowing achievements of 40 individual gold, 21 individual silver, and 6 individual bronze medals. Ganguly has a current rating of 2625 according to FIDE. Surya Shekhar Ganguly was able to brag the title for International master at the age of 16, only followed by which he again was titled as the grandmaster of chess when he was only 19 years old. Surya Shekhar Ganguly belongs to Kolkata, West Bengal, and is currently 38 years old. 

Surya Shekhar Ganguly | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Surya Shekhar Ganguly | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

10. Nihal Sarin

Nihal Sarin is an Indian Chess player who bragged the title of grandmaster at the age of 14 and is now rated 2650 at FIDE. He also won the gold medal as part of the Indian team for 2020 held FIDE Chess Olympiad. Nihal Sarin belongs to the Thrissur district of Kerala and is currently 17 years in age. 

Nihal Sarin | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India
Nihal Sarin | Top 10 Famous Chess Players In India

He spent the early days of his life in the Kottayam district of Kerala. 

Conclusion

Chess is a game all about brains; all these names we mentioned above are absolute masterminds hailing from India, who represented our country on different international and national platforms and thus making Indian more proud.

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