Krishnan Sasikiran

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Krishnan Sasikiran
K. Sasikiran in 2012
Born (1981-01-07) 7 January 1981 (age 40)
Chennai, India
FIDE rating2640 (October 2021)
Peak rating2720 (May 2012)
Peak rankingNo. 21 (April 2006)
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 (Tamil: கிருஷ்ணன் சசிகிரண்) (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 Lakhs 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]

Correspondence chess[edit]

Krishnan Sasikiran is also a very successful correspondence chess player. In 2015 he achieved the title of an international Master and in 2016 he became Senior international Master. Norms for both titles he fulfilled at the Marian Vinchev Memorial and the Palciauskas Invitational.[13]

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.


  1. ^ Susan Ninan (8 November 2013). "Anand reveals his seconds but Carlsen plays coy". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (8 November 1999). "TWIC 261: Asian Junior Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Sasikiran and Timman win, Landa shines". ChessBase. 28 April 2005. 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 (28 September 2009). "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 (31 October 2011). "Anand wins Corsica Masters Knockout". ChessVibes.
  10. ^ "15th Corsican Circuit – final Anand vs Mamedyarov on Monday". ChessBase. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  11. ^ Niklesh Kumar Jain (29 August 2014). "Their proudest moment in Chess Olympiad history". ChessBase. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  12. ^ "41st Chess Olympiad: China and Russia claim gold!". FIDE. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  13. ^ Sasikiran at ICCF

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