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Sahaj Grover
Number of games in database: 231
Years covered: 2005 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2505 (2493 rapid, 2507 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2532
Overall record: +95 -68 =67 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B43 B30 B52 B48 B71
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C77 C86 C65 C78 C97
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E20 E25 E30 E34
 Sicilian Kan (7) 
    B43 B42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C86 C97 C95
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B18 B17 B16 B10 B12
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (29) 
    C05 C01 C02 C11 C07
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C78 C69 C77 C70 C63
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E32 E46 E37 E40
 French Tarrasch (9) 
    C05 C07 C09
 Sicilian (9) 
    B90 B91 B22 B52 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A45 A46 E00 A40 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Grover vs L Ptacnikova, 2011 1-0
   S Grover vs A Abhishek, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championships (2011)
   Tata Steel (Group C) (2012)
   15th Unive Open (2011)
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2009)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Kolkata Open (2012)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2013)

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(born Sep-07-1995, 19 years old) India

[what is this?]
IM (2010); Grandmaster (2012). At one time (April 2003), the youngest Indian to have a FIDE rating, Grover won the World Under-10 Championship in Belfort in 2005. He won his 3rd GM norm at the World Junior Championship (2012) to gain the GM title a few weeks before his 17th birthday. Outright 2nd at the 2013 Asian Junior Championship.

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 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 231  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Gilbert vs S Grover  1-037 2005 Hastings Masters opD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
2. S Grover vs C Aditya 1-021 2006 1st ONGC CupC17 French, Winawer, Advance
3. S Grover vs C Norregaard  ½-½30 2006 Hastings Chess CongressC14 French, Classical
4. Robson vs S Grover  1-057 2006 Wch U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. S Grover vs G Oliver  1-032 2008 World Junior ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. S Grover vs M Perunovic 0-121 2008 Reykjavik OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. S Grover vs Z Rahman  0-161 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
8. S Grover vs F Guilleux  ½-½54 2008 International Championship of ParisB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
9. R Hendriks vs S Grover  0-137 2008 12th Essent Chess TournamentA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. S Ilic vs S Grover  1-041 2008 World Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. S Grover vs M Anurag  0-138 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. E Gleizerov vs S Grover  1-025 2008 Dubai OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. E de Groote vs S Grover  1-039 2008 12th Essent Chess TournamentC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
14. D Cilia Vincenti vs S Grover  ½-½29 2008 Hastings Chess CongressE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. S Grover vs G N Gopal  0-147 2008 World Junior ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
16. B Deruni vs S Grover  0-146 2008 World Junior ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
17. I Nyzhnyk vs S Grover  ½-½66 2008 Reykjavik OpenE15 Queen's Indian
18. S Grover vs V Bhagwat  1-038 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
19. K Shirazi vs S Grover  1-027 2008 International Championship of ParisB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. S Grover vs E L'Ami  ½-½49 2008 12th Essent Chess TournamentC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
21. S Grover vs D Baratosi  0-146 2008 World Junior ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
22. K R A Pradeep vs S Grover  ½-½39 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
23. S Grover vs Robson 1-045 2008 Reykjavik OpenB27 Sicilian
24. S Grover vs E Sparenberg  ½-½61 2008 12th Essent Chess TournamentB56 Sicilian
25. S Grover vs G Salimbeni  1-033 2008 Hastings Chess CongressC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-13-08  Resignation Trap: This is Sahaj Grover of India who was born September 7, 1995. He has the distinction of being India's youngest player to ever have a FIDE rating (April 2003): .

In Belfort 2005 he won the World Under-10 Championship: .

Certainly a player to watch!

Jul-02-08  Augalv: I will be GM by year's end: Sahaj


New Delhi

July 2: "I will be a Grand Master by the end of this year," said former under-10 world champion Sahaj Grover, who completed his third and final International Master norm recently, from Paris on Wednesday.

Sahaj is playing in the Paris Championship and has already held two GMs Quintana Omar Almeida and Andrei Shchekachev in the first and second round respectively though he lost to IM Shirazi Kamran in the third round.

Sahaj, 12, completed his third and final International Master norm at the Balatonlelle chess festival in Hungary last week after finishing clear second in a field of six players. Sahaj will be officially be awarded the IM title when he crosses the 2400 ELO rating barrier.

This has been a terrific season for this Delhi lad who completed all three IM norms in a period of seven months, starting with his first norm at the Commonwealth championship here in December and the second norm at the Reykjavik International open tournament at Iceland in March.

Giving credit to his trainer Vishal Sareen, Sahaj said, "It became easier only because of my trainer. He pumped up my confidence and told me to have faith in my abilities."

"Sahaj is developing as a strong player. He possesses a unique style and initiates moves in his opponents. But even then I must say, he needs a lot more nurturing and this healthy trend needs to continue," Sareen, who is accompanying him for the Paris tournament, told this paper on Wednesday.

But Sahaj is unfazed by the praise showered upon him by his trainer. "I think I need to improve on all counts — opening, middle and end games. But my game has become more attacking," Sahaj said.

The youngster who is a student of Class VIII at Kulachi Hansraj Model School feels that Delhi’s chess scenario still needs to improve and parents need to motivate children for playing chess.

"Even though one gets to know about various international tournaments through the net, it’s difficult to convince one’s parents, find sponsors and also get leave from school. I am happy that my parents and school have been very co-operative. They arrange separate classes for me," he said.

Sahaj now plans to take part in the World Junior Championship in October.


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  Tabanus: 18th place and Commonwealth U16 champion 2010:, congratulations!

Nov-13-10  BIDMONFA: Sahaj Grover


Nov-23-10  nescio: Grover is in the lead in Wijk aan Zee with 6.5/8:

The winner will be invited to Group C of the Tata Steel Tournament in January. After today's easy win he is well on his way.

Grover-Blees Cultural Village 2010:
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d3 Bf5 6.h3 e6 7.Qe2 Nbd7 8.Bd2 Bb4 9.g4 Bg6 10.f4 0-0-0 11.a3 c6 12.0-0-0 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Qc7 14.Qf2 Kb8 15.Ne2 Ka8 16.Ng3 Nb6 (??)

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17.Bxf6 1-0. Suddenly the bishop on g6 is lost.

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  wordfunph: "I will be a Grand Master by the end of this year," said former under-10 world champion Sahaj Grover (in 2008)

maybe this year..

Dec-11-11  indianchessupdates: Grover, the former U-10 World champion's superb run continues this season

After finishing second with a silver medal in 2011 World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad.

He then finished joint second in the Vizag GM open.

Now he has again finished 2nd in the London Fide Open with 7.5 points from 9 games and has earned 15 elo points

He is at his all time live rankings of 2542 elo.

For more on Indian players visit


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  twinlark: Congratulations to Sahaj Grover for gaining his Grandmaster title by picking up his 3rd norm at the World Junior.

Well done, GM Grover!

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  wordfunph: "Every time, we played chess at home, he would shout at us for making a wrong move even when he was just 4."

- Sangeeta Grover (mother of GM Grover)

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  Penguincw: Tough luck for Sahaj Grover, who finished tied with Brunello 9/11 at the Durban Open 2014, but fell 65-62.5 on the 2nd tiebreaker. On the bright side, Grover gained 24.6 points, while Brunello "only" gained 18.4.

However, 96 players, including over 60 players aged 20 or above, participated in this tournament, and only one was able to finish above him. Also worth noting, countrymen Abhijeet Gupta finished half a point behind Gupta at 3rd.

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