Indian Chess Players

In this era, where sports and games are getting importance throughout the world, many nations have outclassed other nations in this field. India is a country which is produced prolific athletes and geniuses. Geniuses not only in the scientific field but also in the field of Chess. India is a country that has produced many chess grandmasters that not only topped the national charts but have also made a significant mark on the international scale.

Viswanathan Anand is one of the biggest names in international chess. He is one of the 46 grand masters produced by India and undoubtedly the most successful one. His domination in World rankings is clear from his prolific winning records. He is won every World Chess Championship from 2007 until Magnus Carlsen took over. He is currently on number 9 in World Rankings (July 2017).

Pendyala Harikrishna is another big name in international chess. He once held the title of being the youngest Chess master from India. His era of dominance started when he won the Chess competition in Commonwealth games in 2001. Later he won World Junior Championship in 2004 and Asian Championship in 2011. He also represented India on an international scale many times and won Bronze at World Team Chess Championship in 2010. Moreover, because of his prolific mind team, India won Gold once, two times Silver and one bronze medal in team competitions at Asian Chess Championship. 2016 was one of the best years of his career as he made his way among the top 10 chess players in International Chess.

Madras born Krishnan Sasikiran is also a Chess Grandmaster from India. After winning Commonwealth Championship in 2001 he was declared the grandmaster. His main achievement came in 2007 when he was ranked number 21 in world rankings and only the second player from India to reach 2700 Elo ratings. He won many national and international championships. At the 2014 Chess Olympiad, he helped India in winning Bronze and also won an individual silver medal. In 2015 he achieved the title of international masters and became senior international Master. In 2015 he became the fifth Indian chess player to receive the Padma Shri Award.

Surya Shekhar Ganguly is another Chess Grandmaster from India. From a very young age, he was interested in chess. He converted his interest and hobby into his expertise. He gained the title of International Masters at a very young age of 16 at 35th Olympiad in 2002. Anand saw his talent and gave him a spot in his team that helped him in winning the World Championship matches on three different occasions. He won many national and international championships for himself and for India. In World Team Chess Championships his team won bronze and he himself won individual gold for himself. He has won many extra awards for best sportsmen and for his service to the sport.

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