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Total 83 Chess Grandmasters in India List (1988 to 2023)
List of Chess Grandmasters in India: The table below presents the list of Chess Grandmasters in India from 1988 to 2023 along with the state from where they belong and the year in which they won the Grandmaster title. Viswanathan Anand was the first person from India to win this title in 1988 and popularize the game of chess once again in the country. There are total 83 chess grandmasters in India. Vuppala Prraneeth is the 83rd chess grandmaster of India.
List of chess Grandmasters in India
|Viswanathan Anand||Tamil Nadu||1988|
|Dibyendu Barua||West Bengal||1991|
|Krishnan Sasikiran||Tamil Nadu||2000|
|Pentala Harikrishna||Andhra Pradesh||2001|
|Koneru Humpy||Andhra Pradesh||2002|
|Surya Shekhar Ganguly||West Bengal||2003|
|Sandipan Chanda||West Bengal||2003|
|Ramachandran Ramesh||Tamil Nadu||2003|
|Magesh Chandran Panchanathan||Tamil Nadu||2006|
|J. Deepan Chakkravarthy||Tamil Nadu||2006|
|Neelotpal Das||West Bengal||2006|
|Geetha Narayanan Gopal||Kerala||2007|
|Subramanian Arun Prasad||Tamil Nadu||2008|
|Sundararajan Kidambi||Tamil Nadu||2009|
|R. R. Laxman||Tamil Nadu||2009|
|Deep Sengupta||West Bengal||2010|
|Baskaran Adhiban||Tamil Nadu||2010|
|S. P. Sethuraman||Tamil Nadu||2011|
|Harika Dronavalli||Andhra Pradesh||2011|
|M. R. Lalith Babu||Andhra Pradesh||2012|
|M. R. Venkatesh||Tamil Nadu||2012|
|M. Shyam Sundar||Tamil Nadu||2013|
|V. Vishnu Prasanna||Tamil Nadu||2013|
|Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury||West Bengal||2013|
|Chithambaram Aravindh||Tamil Nadu||2015|
|Karthikeyan Murali||Tamil Nadu||2015|
|Ashwin Jayaram||Tamil Nadu||2015|
|S. L. Narayanan||Kerala||2016|
|Diptayan Ghosh||West Bengal||2016|
|Priyadharshan Kannappan||Tamil Nadu||2016|
|Srinath Narayanan||Tamil Nadu||2017|
|M. S. Thejkumar||Karnataka||2017|
|Saptarshi Roy||West Bengal||2018|
|Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa||Tamil Nadu||2018|
|Karthik Venkataraman||Andhra Pradesh||2018|
|P. Karthikeyan||Tamil Nadu||2019|
|N. R. Visakh||Tamil Nadu||2019|
|Gukesh D||Tamil Nadu||2019|
|P. Iniyan||Tamil Nadu||2019|
|Girish A. Koushik||Karnataka||2019|
|G. Akash||Tamil Nadu||2020|
|Leon Luke Mendonca||Goa||2020|
|Raja Rithvik R||Telangana||2021|
|Mitrabha Guha||West Bengal||2021|
|Bharath Subramaniyam||Tamil Nadu||2022|
|Pranav V||Tamil Nadu||2022|
|Koustav Chatterjee||West Bengal||2023|
|Sayantan Das||West Bengal||2023|
First & Most in Chess Grandmasters in India
Check out some interesting details about Indian Chess Grandmasters in terms of first and most.
First Grandmaster from India- Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand is the first person from India to become Chess Grandmaster and one of the few players to achieve Elo rating above 2800. Anand won the Grandmaster title in 1988 when he was only 18 years old after winning Shakti Finance International chess tournament held in Coimbatore, India. For his historic achievement, he was awarded Padma Shri at age 18 and was also the first sportsperson to receive the Padma Vibhushan award. Anand is a five-time World Chess Champion currently serving as the deputy president of FIDE.
First Female Grandmaster of India- Koneru Humpy
Koneru Humpy was the first Indian woman to win Grandmasters title and the eighth ever female Grandmaster. She won the title in 2002 and became the youngest woman ever to do so at the age of 15 years, 1 month, 27 days. Recently, she won the FIDE Women’s rapid chess championship in 2019 after coming back from a two-year maternity sabbatical.
Youngest Grandmaster of India- Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, a chess prodigy, earned the international master title at the age of 10 and the Grandmaster title at age 12. with these achievements, he became the youngest and the second-youngest player to win these titles respectively. Again in 2022, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest player to defeat current world champion Magnus Carlsen at only the age of 16. He is the younger brother of Woman Grandmaster and International Master, R Vaishali.
State with maximum Grandmaster from India- Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu is the Indian state to produce most number of Grandmaster title from India. Out of 75 Grandmasters, 26 belong to the state of Tamil Nadu, followed by Maharashtra (10) and West Bengal (9). Viswanathan Anand, the first India to ever become a Grandmaster, also belong to the Tamil Nadu state.
FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs)
The International Chess Federation (also known as World Chess Federation and referred to by its French acronym FIDE) is an international organization based in Switzerland that acts as the governing body of international chess competition. The organization was founded in France in 1924 and is recognized as the major organizer of chess championships at international levels by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). FIDE defines the rules of chess, both for individual and international competitions, and calculates the Elo ratings of players and awards titles, including Grandmaster.
Chess Grandmasters in India: FAQs
Q. Who is the best chess player in India?
Ans: Viswanathan Anand is one of the best chess players and the first Indian to win the Grandmaster title.
Q. Are there any female grandmasters from India?
Ans: Yes, there are two female grandmasters in India, Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli.
Q. When did Viswanathan Anand Won his Grandmaster title?
Ans: Viswanathan Anand won his Grandmaster title in 1988