Krishnan Sasikiran

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In this Indian name, the name Krishnan is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Sasikiran.
Krishnan Sasikiran
KrishnanSasikiran12.jpg
K. Sasikiran in 2012
Country India
Born (1981-01-07) 7 January 1981 (age 35)
Madras, India
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2658 (August 2016)
Peak rating 2720 (May 2012)
Krishnan Sasikiran
Medal record
Representing  India
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Doha Mixed Team
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Men's Team

Krishnan Sasikiran (born 7 January 1981) is an Indian chess grandmaster.

He was one of Viswanathan Anand's seconds in the World Chess Championship 2013.[1]

Chess career[edit]

Born in Madras, Sasikiran won the Indian Chess Championship for the first time in 1999 and won it again in 2002, 2003 and 2013. In 1999 he also won the Asian Junior Chess Championship in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam.[2] Sasikiran completed the requirements for the Grandmaster title at the 2000 Commonwealth Championship. In 2001, he won the prestigious Hastings International Chess tournament. In 2003, he won the 4th Asian Individual Championship as well as the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen. Sasikiran tied with Jan Timman for first place in the 2005 Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament, which took place in Malmö and Copenhagen.[3]

In 2006, he tied for first place at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow with Baadur Jobava, Victor Bologan and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, finishing third on tiebreak score. Later in the same year, Sasikiran won a gold medal in the 2006 Asian Games' team event. Tamil Nadu government presented a cheque of Rs 20 Lacs as appreciation for his success. He was also bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 2002. In the January 2007 FIDE rating list, Sasikiran was ranked number 21 in the world with an Elo rating of 2700.[4] He became only the second chess player from India to reach Elo rating of 2700.[5]

In December 2008, he won City of Pamplona international chess tournament, a category 16 event with average Elo above 2640, by one-point margin with a rating performance of 2795.[6] In 2009, he tied for 2nd-3rd with Étienne Bacrot in Antwerp.[7]

In May 2011, Sasikiran won the Asian Blitz Chess Championship in Mashhad on tiebreak over Wesley So and Bu Xiangzhi, after all three players finished on 7/9 points.[8] In October of the same year, he placed clear first in the open section of the 15th Corsican Circuit. He reached semi-final stage of the Corsica Masters knockout rapid tournament losing to eventual winner Anand.[9][10]

At the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø he scored 7.5/10 points on board three to help the Indian team to win the bronze medal.[11] Sasikiran also won the individual silver medal on board three.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Sasikiran completed his education in the Modern Senior Secondary School of Nanganallur, Chennai.

He is married to Radhika and has a daughter.

Results Timeline for Chess World Cup[edit]

Year 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
Chess World Cup 2R 4R 2R A 2R A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susan Ninan (2013-11-08). "Anand reveals his seconds but Carlsen plays coy". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (1999-11-08). "TWIC 261: Asian Junior Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sasikiran and Timman win, Landa shines". ChessBase. 2005-04-28. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Topalov still tops the list, Anand four points behind, ChessBase.
  5. ^ It's a dream come true for Sasikiran, The Hindu.
  6. ^ Sasikiran triumphs, The Hindu.
  7. ^ Crowther, Mark (2009-09-28). "TWIC 777: Inventi Chess Tournament 2009". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Asian Individual Open Blitz Chess Championship 2011 Chess-Results
  9. ^ Doggers, Peter (2011-10-31). "Anand wins Corsica Masters Knockout". ChessVibes. 
  10. ^ "15th Corsican Circuit – final Anand vs Mamedyarov on Monday". ChessBase. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Niklesh Kumar Jain (2014-08-29). "Their proudest moment in Chess Olympiad history". ChessBase. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "41st Chess Olympiad: China and Russia claim gold!". FIDE. 2014-08-15. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 

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