Elshan Moradi

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Elshan Moradi
Elshan Moradi Abadi in 2010
Full nameElshan Moradi Abadi
Elshan Moradiabadi
CountryIran (until 2016)
United States (since 2016)
Born (1985-05-22) 22 May 1985 (age 38)
Tehran, Iran
TitleGrandmaster (2005)
FIDE rating2511 (April 2024)
Peak rating2603 (March 2016)[1]
Medal record
Men's chess
Representing Iran
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Doha Mixed Team classical
Asian Indoor Games
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Macau Individual blitz
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Macau Mixed Team rapid
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Hanoi Mixed Team blitz
World Mind Sports Games
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Team rapid

Elshan Moradi Abadi (Persian: الشن مرادی ابدی, born 22 May 1985) is an Iranian-American chess grandmaster.


When he was 16 he won the 2001 Iranian Chess Championship with a score of 10/11, ahead of Ehsan Ghaem Maghami.

He was one of the members of Iran national team in the first World Mind Sports Games held in Beijing (2008), in which the Iranian team surprisingly clinched the third place ahead of Hungary, USA and India.

In 2009 he tied for 3rd–8th with Anton Filippov, Vadim Malakhatko, Merab Gagunashvili, Alexander Shabalov and Niaz Murshed in the Ravana Challenge Tournament in Colombo.[2]

He took part in the Chess World Cup 2011, but was eliminated in the first round by Leinier Domínguez.[3]

He won the Final Four of collegiate chess with Texas Tech University in 2012. In 2015, he won the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship for the first time with Texas Tech university chess team.

Moradi in February 2016, became the second Iranian chess player to reach 2600 Elo after Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, and in the following month, he scored 2603 in his own personal record. In the same year, he won the Washington International tournament ahead of Gata Kamsky and Ilya Smirin.[4]

Moradi began representing the United States Chess Federation in February 2017.[5]

In 2022, Moradi shared 1st place in the 122nd U.S. Chess Open with Aleksey Sorokin with a score of 8/9 but lost in tie-breaks.[6] As Sorokin represents Russia, this qualified Moradi for the 2022 US Championship.


He has been studying in NODET Schools from 1996 until 2003. Having passed the university entrance exam in Iran, he had started to study in Sharif University of Technology. He graduated from Sharif University of Technology with the B.Sc degree in chemical engineering.

Moradi received his MBA degree from the Rawls College of Business.


  1. ^ "Ratings Progress Chart: Moradiabadi, Elshan". ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Tournament report November 2009: The Ravana Challenge". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  3. ^ Crowther, Mark (21 September 2011). "The Week in Chess: FIDE World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk 2011". London Chess Center. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  4. ^ "GM Moradiabadi Wins the Washington International". 31 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Transfers in 2017". FIDE. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ "The Week in Chess 1449". theweekinchess.com. Retrieved 17 August 2022.

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