Take a look at the A+ Report Card of Indian Chess of...

Take a look at the A+ Report Card of Indian Chess of 2017

Indian chess has seen a great rise in the last two decades. And the current scenario of Indian chess has many Vishwanathan Anand’s who have raised the country’s honor in various events this year. Anand who won the Grand Master title in the year 1988 and became the first Indian to be so.
After him, as of now, India has fifty Grand Master Titles out of whom seven are among the world’s top 100. This year, the Indian chess players have proved their worth successfully by achieving multiple accolades at various national and international events. And this list is about the same, take a look at some of the celebratory achievements by the Indian chess players in 2017:

Commonwealth hat-trick

One of the biggest achievements registers in the name of India was by Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta. Seeing his achievements, the 28-years-old got the alias Mr. Commonwealth.


The Delhi-based GM won the Commonwealth event four times in five years, and this year, the third time in a row.


In the Women’s category, GM Swati Ghate took the title prize while Bengal’s Mary Ann Gomes and Delhi’s Tania Sachdev clinched second and third spots respectively. Further, in all the age categories from under-8 to under-20, all three podium finishers were Indians.

National Championships Awardees

Not just the international level, the National Indian chess players have shown some tremendous potential to play a competitive and calm game in 2017.

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In the open section of the National Premier Championships, 24-year-old Grandmaster from Andhra Pradesh, Lalith Babu clinched the title in November this year.

In the women’s category, the game saw some nail-biting encounters, each and every match of that tournament was exciting. Among four best women chess competitors Bhakti Kulkarni, Meenakshi Subbaraman, Saumya Swaminathan and Padmini Rout, women Grandmaster Padmini Rout clinch a win she worked really hard for.

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India’s 50th Grandmaster


India registers its 50th Grandmaster on 6th September 2017. Hailing from the state of Karnataka Thejkumar became India’s 50th GM.

To achieve this title, Thejkumar had to win his last two games at the Formento all-India FIDE-rated chess tournament. He achieved it easily and was able to cross the rating threshold of 2500, which was another requirement. Subsequently, he completed all the requirements for the Grand Master title.

Chithambaram’s bronze at the World Junior Championship


India’s 18-year-old Grandmaster Aravindh Chithambaram register a World level achievement with winning the bronze medal at the World Junior Championship this year.

Anand’s second place finish at the Isle of Man Open

One of the biggest chess tournament of 2017, The Isle of Man Open held in September. The tournament hosted some of the biggest players, such as Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, among others.

Anand at the Isle of Man Open. Chess.com

Dronavalli Harika clinched bronze at the World Women’s Chess Championship

Harika at the World Women’s Chess Championship. Twitter
Harika at the World Women’s Chess Championship. Twitter

Midst of all the controversies during World Women’s Chess Championship this year, India’s Dronavalli Harika clinched bronze title. As the event kicked off, Harika outclassed her opponents to reach the semi-finals. On her way, she ousted some of the best players in the world, such as Dinara Saduakassova, Sopiko Guramishvili, and Nana Dzagnidze to win the third highest honor.