Srinath Narayanan

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Srinath Narayanan
Born (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 29)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
TitleGrandmaster (2017)
FIDE rating2552 (December 2023)
Peak rating2572 (November 2018)

Srinath Narayanan (born 14 February 1994) is an Indian chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in August 2017.[1]


Born in Chennai, he won the Asian Junior Chess Championship in 2012,[2] 2013[3] and 2014.[4] He is the coach of the Indian super-talent GM Nihal Sarin[5] and he also coaches GM Arjun Erigaisi and WGM Divya Deshmukh who won Indian Senior National Championships, 2022 in men and women section respectively.

He started playing chess at five years old and in 2002, Srinath became the youngest FIDE rated player of India, at the age of eight, with an initial rating of 2088.[6] In July 2005, he took the gold medal in the U12 division at the World Youth Chess Championships held in Belfort, France, edging out Sanan Sjugirov, Samvel Ter-Sahakyan and Wesley So on tiebreak. All four had a final score of 8½ points.[7] He became an IM at the age of fourteen and a GM in 2017.[8]

Srinath played for the Indian team that won the silver medal in the World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad in 2010.[9]

He has played an important role as part of the Indian Chess Team. He was the assistant coach during the 2018 Olympiad, the captain of the Indian team in the 2019 World teams and he was the Vice Captain of the Indian team which won the historic gold medal at the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2020. He is also a Chess streamer and commentator, with more than 30k subscribers on YouTube and has also authored a course on the Catalan Opening for white pieces, in Chessable.

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  1. ^ "List of titles approved by PB by written resolution". FIDE. 9 August 2017. Archived from the original on 1 September 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Srinath, Ivana win Asian Junior Chess titles". The Times of India. 8 June 2012. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  3. ^ "IM Narayanan Srinath Keeps Asian Junior Title". Chessdom. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Asian Juniors and Girls Championships 2014". Chessdom. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ Narayanan, Srinath. "Coaching 14-year-old GM Nihal Sarin has taught Srinath Narayanan more than he could imagine". Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  6. ^ Warrier, Shobba (15 November 2002). "From the land of Anand... Srinath". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Trouble at the Youth Championship in Belfort". Chess News. 4 August 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Narayanan, Srinath".
  9. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "OlimpBase :: World Youth U16 Chess Olympiads :: Narayanan Srinath". Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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