D Gukesh Tops Indian Chess

On 3rd of August 2023 ,17-year-old Gukesh surpassed the legend Viswanathan Anand on the  International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation (FIDE) live ratings list to become India no.1. Gukesh thus overtook Viswanathan Anand to reach world no.9 and take the India no.1 spot.

             No one has managed to go past Viswanathan Anand in the published ratings in the last 37 years though on 16th of March 2016 Harikrishna had overtaken Viswanathan Anand for a day to become India no.1. However, no one has managed to go past Anand in the published ratings.

           If Gukesh manages to keep his rating higher than Viswanathan Anand as on 1st of September 2023, when the new FIDE ratings come out, then Anand’s 37-year-old record would fall.


The Grand Master title in chess is the highest that player can achieve—once earned, the title is held for life, a player must have a performance rating of 2,600 or higher in a FIDE tournament that has nine rounds, playing against several opponents from federations or countries other than the one to which the player belongs, and those opponents must be titled themselves.

International Master2400-2500
FIDE Master2300-2400

 The highest ever rating by any chess player: Magnus Carlsen had achieved 2882 in 2014.

Gukesh Dommaraju or Gukesh D is the youngest ever Indian player to become a Grandmaster. He is also the youngest player in the world to beat World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Abhimanyu Mishra, an American chess prodigy ,is currently the youngest person to become the Chess Grandmaster. He has rewarded the title of Grandmaster on June 30 2021 at the age of 12 years, 4 months and 25 days.


Viswanathan Anand: He is considered as the best Indian chess player. Aformer five-time World Chess Champion. He became the first grandmaster from India in 1988 and is one of only fourteen players who have surpassed a FIDE rating of 2800.

                           He has won the FIDE world championship five times in 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012. He was the first person to be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991-92 and the first sportsperson to receive India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

Humpy Koneru is one of the  most famous Indian Chess Player. She won the FIDE Women’s rapid chess championship in 2019, Humpy became the second female player, after Polgár, to exceed the 2600 Elo rating mark.

Pentala Harikrishna from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, has became the youngest Grandmaster from Indian in 2001 a record now held by Gukesh D. He boasts several other chess victories, such as the World Junior Championship in 2004and the Asian Individual Championship in 2011. Harikrishna has also represented Indian seven times between 2000 and 2012 at the Chess Olympiads.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

Born in Nashik, Maharashtra, Vidit Gujrathi was the first Indian to have won the U-14 World Youth Chess Championship in 2008, gaining the title of an International Master. He won his first G.M. norm in the U-20 category in 2011 at the World Youth Chess Championship.

Bhaskaran Adhiban

Born in Tamil Nadu, Bhaskaran Adhiban gained the limelight in 2007 when he won the U-16 Asian Championship, Tashkent. In 2008, he won the U-16 World Youth Championship and the 47th Premier National Chess Championship in 2009.

He represented India in 2010 at the Asian Games and bagged a bronze for the country. In 2016, he also won the Tata Steel Challenges tournament three times a tie. Adhiban won the 33rd Reykjavik Open tournament at Iceland in 2018 and became the second Indian to secure the title

Krishnan Sasikiran ,from Tamil Nadu, has won the Indian Chess Championship four times in 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2013. He also won the 1999 Asian Junior Chess Championship in Vietnam. Sasikiran bagged his Grandmaster title in 2000 He also went on to win the Hastings International Chess tournament. Further, he won gold in the 2006 Asian Games team event and helped the Indian team win bronze in the 2014 Chess Olympiad. 

Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu is an Indian grandmaster and the fourth-youngest GM in history (as of April 2021). he’s the youngest international master in history. Praggnanandhaa has three world youth titles: U8 in 2013, U10 in 2015, and U18 in 2019.

He won a bronze medal with the Indian team at the 2022 FIDE Olympiad. Later in 2022, he won the Asian Continental Chess Championship.


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