Chess in India

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Chess in India
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Governing body All India Chess Federation

Chess has risen in popularity in India in the last few decades primarily due to chess Grandmaster and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand.

As of August 2015, the FIDE World Rankings of the top Indian male and female chess players:


It is believed that the game originated from India as a successor to Chaturanga or Shatranj. The All India Chess Federation is the governing body for chess in India.

Player statistics[edit]

As of November 2013

FIDE, the World Chess Federation, lists 32 active Indian grandmasters, 8 woman grandmasters, 58 international masters and 7 woman international masters.[1]

Men[edit]

The Top 10 Indian grandmasters as of July 2014 are listed below.[2]

Indian players in FIDE Top 100
Viswanathan Anand
Rank 2
47 years
P Harikrishna
Rank 20
31 years
Parimarjan Negi
Rank 78
24 years
Sasikiran Krishnan
Rank 85
36 years
# Player Birth year GM Title Rating World rank[n 1]
1 Anand, ViswanathanViswanathan Anand 1969 1988 2816 2
2 Harikrishna, PendyalaPendyala Harikrishna 1986 2001 2740 20
3 Krishnan, SasikiranSasikiran Krishnan 1981 2000 2666 85
4 Negi, ParimarjanParimarjan Negi 1993 2006 2645 127
5 Gupta, AbhijeetAbhijeet Gupta 1989 2008 2634 151
6 Ganguly, Surya ShekharSurya Shekhar Ganguly 1983 2003 2619 188
7 Humpy, KoneruKoneru Humpy 1987 2002 2613 208
8 Adhiban, B.B. Adhiban 1992 2010 2610 212
9 Gujrati, Vidit SantoshVidit Santosh Gujrati 1994 2013 2602 242
10 Sandipan, ChandaChanda Sandipan 1983 2003 2597 256

Viswanathan Anand is currently No. 2 in the FIDE World Rankings and the former World Champion. Anand is considered a hero by many Indians. His rise in the world chess stage has inspired a whole generation of young Indians to take up the game of Chess.

Women[edit]

The Top 10 women Indian chess players are listed below as of November 2013.[3]

Indian women players in FIDE Top 100
Koneru Humpy
Rank 3
30 years
Dronavalli Harika
Rank 26
26 years
Tania Sachdev
Rank 42
30 years
Mary Ann Gomes
Rank 61
27 years
Eesha Karavade
Rank 78
29 years
# Player Birth year Title Rating World rank[n 2]
1 Koneru, HumpyHumpy Koneru 1987 GM 2618 3
2 Harika, DronavalliDronavalli Harika 1991 GM 2484 26
3 Sachdev, TaniaTania Sachdev 1986 WGM 2441 42
4 Gomes, Mary AnnMary Ann Gomes 1989 WGM 2414 61
5 Vijayalakshmi, SubbaramanSubbaraman Vijayalakshmi 1979 IM 2399 70
6 Karavade, EeshaEesha Karavade 1987 IM 2380 78

Blind players[edit]

The Top blind Indian chess players are listed below as of October 2013.[4]

# Player Birth year Rating State World rank[n 3]
1 Gangolli, KishanKishan Gangolli 1992 2054 Karnataka
2 Inani, DarpanDarpan Inani 1994 2022 Gujarat
3 Jadhav, CharudattaCharudatta Jadhav 1998 Maharashtra
4 Khare, KaustubhKaustubh Khare 1982 Maharashtra
5 Rajesh, OzaOza Rajesh 1977 1861 Maharashtra
6 Swapanil, ShahShah Swapanil 1966 1860 Karnataka
7 Ashwin K, MakhwanaMakhwana Ashwin K 1858 Maharashtra
8 Udupa, KrishnaKrishna Udupa 1972 1853 Karnataka

References[edit]

  1. ^ "General ratings statistics for India". World Chess Federation (FIDE). Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Federations Ranking: India". World Chess Federation (FIDE). Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Federations Ranking: India, Women". World Chess Federation (FIDE). Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "AICFB". Retrieved November 24, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Indian chess playersWikipedia book

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Active players only
  2. ^ Active female players only
  3. ^ Blind players only