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Murali Karthikeyan
Number of games in database: 163
Years covered: 2010 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2585 (2337 rapid, 2316 blitz)

Overall record: +63 -43 =51 (56.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B90 B30 B45 B54 B42
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C78 C65 C67 C84 C60
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B10 B12 B18 B11
 King's Indian Attack (6) 
 French Defense (4) 
    C07 C05 C01
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (31) 
    B40 B43 B51 B42 B28
 Sicilian Kan (10) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    E10 D02 A50 D00
 King's Indian (8) 
    E61 E73 E92 E93 E71
 Catalan (4) 
 Slav (4) 
    D15 D11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Vazquez vs M Karthikeyan, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2016)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Hastings Masters (2016/17) (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2015)
   Hastings Congress 2011/12 (2011)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   World Junior Championships (2011)
   Aeroflot Open (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

   M Karthikeyan vs Bu Xiangzhi (Mar-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan (Mar-07-17) 1-0
   M Karthikeyan vs Lu Shanglei (Mar-06-17) 0-1
   Zhou Jianchao vs M Karthikeyan (Mar-05-17) 0-1
   S Sjugirov vs M Karthikeyan (Mar-01-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-01-1999, 17 years old) India

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World U12 Champion (2011); World U16 Champion (2013); IM (2013); GM (2014).

Murali Karthikeyan won his Grandmaster title at the age of 15 years 7 months and 17 days.

The then-untitled 12-year old Karthikeyan scored 5.5/9 at Hastings Congress (2011/12), achieving a plus score of +1 =3 against the 4 IMs he faced (the win being against the Frenchman Maxence Godard). At the 10th Parsvnath International Open held in Delhi in January 2012, he scored 7.5/11 recording a plus score against 3 GMs and against 3 IMs, scoring +1 =2 against each group. His GM scalp was Richard Bitoon while his sole loss in the event was to Bhave Kaushik (rated 1868). Good results in the National Team Championships (4/8) in February and in the 14th Dubai Open (2012) (5/9) boosted his rating further. He scored his 1st IM norm at the Orissa GM Open in May 2012. In June 2012, he came =1st in the Asian Youth Chess Championships 2012 Under 14 Open. He scored his 2nd IM norm at the Al Ain Classic and World Cities in December 2012 and his 3rd IM norm and 1st GM norm at the 11th Delhi International Open in January 2013, achieving his 2400 rating at the same time. He placed =1st alongside Ghosh Diptayan in the Indian National Sub-Junior Championship held in West Bengal in August 2013, scoring 9/11. He finished 2013 with a flourish, picking up his 2nd GM norm at the Kokata Open and winning the World U16 Championship.

Karthikeyan started 2014 placing =7th with 7/10 at the Delhi Open in January 2014. In August 2014, he placed a superb 3rd at the Abu Dhabi Masters, scoring 6.5/9, including 5.5/8 against his grandmaster opponents, and easily scoring his 3rd GM norm. He met the final criterion for achieving his GM title when his rating passed the 2500 mark during the U16 Olympiad on 18 December 2014 after defeating Canada's Jason Cao in round 7. During that event, he played board 2 for India, scoring 8/10.

He is the second player born in 1999 to have won a GM title, the first being Wei Yi.

Further reading: (1), (2), (3) Wikipedia article: Murali Karthikeyan

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 163  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan 1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. M Karthikeyan vs Volodymyr Vetoshko  ½-½47 2010 WYCC Open U12B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. M Karthikeyan vs Ghosh Diptayan  ½-½48 2010 WYCC Open U12C55 Two Knights Defense
4. N Steinberg vs M Karthikeyan  ½-½46 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. M Karthikeyan vs J D Williams  ½-½70 2010 WYCC Open U12B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. D Debashis vs M Karthikeyan  ½-½71 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Karthikeyan vs P Shyam Nikil  0-184 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. R Ashwath vs M Karthikeyan  1-031 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. M Karthikeyan vs K Shreyans  ½-½66 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsC01 French, Exchange
10. S Prasannaa vs M Karthikeyan  ½-½37 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB41 Sicilian, Kan
11. M Karthikeyan vs S Das  0-159 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. M Karthikeyan vs E Rodriguez Aleman  1-040 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. S Barbier vs M Karthikeyan  1-077 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsA14 English
14. A Vasli vs M Karthikeyan  1-027 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. M Karthikeyan vs G Jaswant  1-033 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
16. S Kathmale vs M Karthikeyan  1-037 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. B Sekar vs M Karthikeyan  1-040 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. M Karthikeyan vs I Wallis  ½-½38 2011 Hastings Congress 2011/12C55 Two Knights Defense
19. A Longson vs M Karthikeyan  ½-½35 2011 Hastings Congress 2011/12B40 Sicilian
20. M Karthikeyan vs O Willson  1-040 2011 Hastings Congress 2011/12B03 Alekhine's Defense
21. P Rout vs M Karthikeyan  1-032 2011 Hastings Congress 2011/12B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. M Karthikeyan vs C R G Krishna  1-030 2012 Hastings Congress 2011/12C05 French, Tarrasch
23. M Godard vs M Karthikeyan 0-144 2012 Hastings Congress 2011/12D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. M Karthikeyan vs U Anwesh  ½-½39 2012 Hastings Congress 2011/12C50 Giuoco Piano
25. A Demuth vs M Karthikeyan ½-½42 2012 Hastings Congress 2011/12D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  twinlark: Congratulation to the new U12 World Champion.
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: congrats Murali Karthikeyan!

<The young player, rated 2154 FIDE, also just played at the London FIDE Open, held parallel to the Chess Classic, where he had an excellent 2336 FIDE performance, including a win over IM Richard Bates.>

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  offramp: Can someone please clarify what is his whole real full name in the correct order.
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  twinlark: <offramp>

Murali is his first name according to the FIDE player card linked in his bio.

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Dec-28-13  BIDMONFA: Murali Karthikeyan


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  alexmagnus: He just won the World U16 championship - and that at 14.
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  alexmagnus: BTW the recent WYCC saw three Indian champions - Karthikeyan (U16), Salonika (Girls' U10) and Praggnanandhaa (U8, with a perfect 11/11 score). The latter's sister came 6th in Girls' U12. Looks like India has already a fundament for new generations after Anand.
Aug-25-14  Rascal Nikov: After great performance by Aravindh at RIGA, another Indian prodigy Murali Karthikeyan shines at Abu Dhabi. He is 5 after 6 rounds defeating many strong GMs. A 2783 rating performance upto now.
Aug-26-14  Rascal Nikov: Another win !! his performance rating is whooping 2830 after 7 rounds.
Aug-26-14  Rascal Nikov:
Aug-28-14  waustad: He ended with a loss so he came in 3rd in the event. A 2709 performance is an outstanding result however, giving him a GM norm. He doesn't have any listed on the FIDE page, so this could be the first for him. The 33.2 elo he picked up will get his rating near the 2500 needed for the title too.
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  ketchuplover: greatest prodigy ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  twinlark: Murali should pick up his GM title playing at the World U16 in Durban. He's only a point or two away from gaining a live rating of 2500 which is all he needs, now that he has 3 GM norms.
Sep-25-14  ConLaMismaMano: IM Alan Pichot, the biggest talent Argentina has had for the last 30 years, just beat Murali a few minutes ago.

He's now in clear second place.

Could he be the next Panno? Time will tell.

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  twinlark: So near yet so far...
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Congratulations to the new GM, Murali Karthikeyan, who finally crossed the 2500 mark during the U16 Olympiad before Christmas.
Jan-07-16  sonia91: 2015 Indian champion:

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