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Krishnan Sasikiran
Number of games in database: 1,135
Years covered: 1995 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2643 (2644 rapid, 2689 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2720
Overall record: +368 -166 =405 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      196 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (73) 
    E32 E30 E21 E39 E34
 Slav (66) 
    D15 D11 D12 D10 D16
 Semi-Slav (57) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D49
 King's Indian (45) 
    E92 E80 E73 E81 E91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (39) 
    D30 D37 D31 D39 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    E00 A40 A41 A46 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (109) 
    B90 B23 B81 B80 B51
 Ruy Lopez (92) 
    C95 C77 C67 C91 C99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (61) 
    C95 C91 C99 C90 C94
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D85 D78 D91 D94 D93
 King's Indian (42) 
    E97 E92 E67 E60 E98
 Caro-Kann (35) 
    B17 B12 B10 B13 B14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nakamura vs Sasikiran, 2005 0-1
   Sasikiran vs C Hansen, 2005 1-0
   Sasikiran vs M Krasenkow, 2004 1-0
   Sasikiran vs V Laznicka, 2011 1-0
   Sasikiran vs Anand, 2002 1-0
   Sasikiran vs D Rombaldoni, 2006 1-0
   Sasikiran vs E Berg, 2008 1-0
   Kamsky vs Sasikiran, 2007 0-1
   R Schoorl vs Sasikiran, 2014 0-1
   Sasikiran vs Anand, 2011 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   18th North Sea Cup (2003)
   Indian Championships (2003)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   Corsica Masters (2011)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   European Club Cup (2007)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2000/01 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings Premier 2001/2 by protean

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(born Jan-07-1981, 35 years old) India

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Krishnan Sasikiran was born in Chennai, and is one of the generation of high-achieving Indian players following in the footsteps of Viswanathan Anand.

He learned chess at the age of ten and gained the GM title in 2000. He won the historic Hastings Chess Tournament in 2001 and the Asian Championship in 2002. His most recent successes were outright firsts in the Najdorf Memorial (2008) with 6.5/9, the 18th Pamplona International (2008) with 5/7 points and the Corsica Masters (2011) with 7.5/9. In 2012, Sasikiran and his team Petroleum Sports Promotion Board won the Indian Team Championship. On the back of strong performances in the 2011-12 Czech Extraliga and the Russian Team Championships (2012) in the May 2012 rating period, he achieved his highest rating to date. In May 2013, he placed =2nd (6th on tiebreak) at the Asian Continental Championship, managing to qualify for the World Cup (2013) as 2nd placed Oliver Barbosa had previously qualified for that event. At the World Cup, Sasikiran defeated Romanian GM Constantin Lupulescu in the first round but was eliminated when he lost to Russian GM Sergey Karjakin in the second round.

Sasikiran has represented India at every Olympiad since 1998, usually on board 1 (5 times). At the Chess Olympiad (2014) in Tromsų, he won individual silver for board 3 as well as team bronze. In October 2013, he played board 4 for the Czech team G-Team Novy Bor, scoring a solid 5/7 to help his team to first place in the European Club Cup (2013). He played board 3 for India at the Chess Olympiad (2014) played in Tromsų, his 7.5/10 being instrumental in helping his team to win the bronze medal.

In January of 2007 he became the second player from India to reach a FIDE rating of 2700 but has since fallen well below that level.

Live rating list:

Wikipedia article: Krishnan Sasikiran

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,135  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Oral vs Sasikiran 1-031 1995 Wch U18B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Smirin vs Sasikiran  ½-½38 1997 Canada opB20 Sicilian
3. J Babb vs Sasikiran  0-141 1997 Canadian OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
4. Y Kurlyandchik vs Sasikiran  0-140 1997 Canadian OpenB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
5. Sasikiran vs Z Gofshtein  0-126 1997 Canadian OpenD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
6. Sasikiran vs D Haessel  ½-½63 1997 Canadian OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. B Goude vs Sasikiran 0-112 1997 Canadian OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
8. Hjartarson vs Sasikiran  1-049 1997 Canadian OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. Sasikiran vs C Grant 1-030 1997 Canadian OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Sasikiran vs D Kirton 1-019 1997 Canadian OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. R Panken vs Sasikiran  0-140 1997 Canadian OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
12. Sasikiran vs Z Rahman  1-033 1998 CalcuttaD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
13. R Eames vs Sasikiran  0-139 1998 ch-GBRC34 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Y Shulman vs Sasikiran  1-053 1998 Elista ol (Men)E92 King's Indian
15. Sasikiran vs Sadvakasov  ½-½32 1998 Wch U20E41 Nimzo-Indian
16. S Williams vs Sasikiran 0-134 1998 Wch U20A26 English
17. Sasikiran vs Bologan 0-157 1999 Anibal OpenA50 Queen's Pawn Game
18. J Cobb vs Sasikiran  0-125 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)E60 King's Indian Defense
19. J Sriram vs Sasikiran  0-144 1999 10th Goodricke Int.C53 Giuoco Piano
20. Sasikiran vs T Bakre  1-041 1999 Nagpur Indian ch A, INDE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
21. Tiviakov vs Sasikiran  ½-½48 1999 Open UbedaC77 Ruy Lopez
22. Sasikiran vs P Konguvel  0-144 1999 Nagpur Indian ch A, INDE92 King's Indian
23. Sasikiran vs M Houska  0-159 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. A Kunte vs Sasikiran ½-½33 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. R Shankar vs Sasikiran  1-040 1999 10th Goodricke Int.B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,135  PGN Download
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  wordfunph: <VishyFan: Sasikiran's Live rating is 2788.1 at the moment....., 2 more rounds to go here and the Aeroflot Open coming up after this.....


it's 2688.1 and not 2788.1 my friend <VishyFan>..

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  wordfunph: GM Sasi bowed to Viet GM Le Quang Liem last night...hoping that Sasi will bounce back against GM Evgeny Bareev in the last round.

go Sasi!

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  wordfunph: <VishyFan> Sasi's live rating after a loss now stands at 2683..
Feb-08-10  indianchessupdates: Indian hope Krishnan Sasikiran finished 5th in the Moscow Open 2010 with 6.5/9 after drawing Evgeny Bareev in the last round.

He will be in action today in the Aeroflot Open 2010

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Feb-13-10  VishyFan: <wordfunph: it's 2688.1 and not 2788.1 my friend <VishyFan>..> Oops! :)

Sasi is at 2688.8 after the 5th round of Aeroflot...

Sasi will be playing in the Indian National Club Chess Championship after Aeroflot...


Feb-21-10  indianchessupdates: .

India's Krishnan Sasikiran finished 30th in the Aeroflot Open 2010 with 5/9 but gained valuable elo's since his oppenent's were higher rated. He is also in the verge of crossing 2700 again,his live rating is 2686.1

He will be in action today in the India's National Team Chess Championship

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Feb-21-10  indianchessupdates: .

India's Krishnan Sasikiran failed to qualify for the World Blitz Championship 2010 but put a great show to finish with 11 points

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Feb-28-10  indianchessupdates: .

India's Krishnan Sasikiran is the verge of crossing 2700 again,his live rating is 2790.3

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  Tabanus: Winner of Hogeschool Zeeland (Holland) Open 7-14 August 2010:

Aug-25-10  bharatiy: congrats on that, but his performance was as per his rating and wont help him a lot in getting in 2700+ and that is what he should aim for
Sep-23-10  bharatiy: Sasi played first three games of Olympiad. I think he should have rested after first match. We need him for fourth round against russia 2 and now he will be tired. Captain should try to balance things according to rating of oppsoition
Sep-24-10  bharatiy: Now after today's loss, we cant afford him luxury of break. he has to take on Topalov and remind him of Mtel masters where he had outplayed Topalov at one point!
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  wordfunph: 2006 Turin Chess Olympiad:

The chess venue was the biggest in the history of Chess Olympiad at 21,000 square meters. So huge was the venue that Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran bought a bicycle to get him to and from The Oval.

happy birthday Sasi!

Mar-21-11  Ragh: Congratulations to the Player of the Day!
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  Penguincw: Congratz to Player of the Day! Kind of odd that it's not his birthday though...
Apr-11-12  shivasuri4: Playing in the Russian Team Championships being held at Sochi, Sasikiran won his game against Igor Kovalenko after his heavy queenside pressure paid off. He played the white side of the Modern Benoni in this 66 move game.

The above was in the second round, with Sasikiran being rested in the first round. Of the 6 players fielded by a team in each round, no more than 3 non- Russians can be included. The third round is in progress now.

Apr-13-12  shivasuri4: In round 3, Sasikiran drew against Evgeny Tomashevsky in 77 moves with the black pieces in the Symmetrical English. Though a pawn up in the endgame, Sasikiran failed to convert it into a win, notably missing a winning move on move 62.

Round 4 saw the 31-year old back to winning ways, with his quick crush over Dmitry Bocharov. The 19 move game in the Catalan saw Bocharov blundering in a difficult position and resigning immediately after, in the face of the loss of a piece at the very least.

The fifth round is going on now.

Apr-14-12  shivasuri4: Sasikiran drew in the fifth round against Aleksandr Shimanov in 48 moves in the Queen's Indian Formation of the English. Neither player was in significant danger of losing at any point in this dry game with gradual exchanges.

Sasikiran has played all his games so far on board 2 for the 9th seeded Navigator, Moscow. Emil Sutovsky has been playing on the top board. The team is placed fifth with 7 match points. Today they play the 3rd seeded St. Petersburg Chess Federation.

Apr-14-12  shivasuri4: Sasikiran continued his good form by beating Nikita Vitiugov in a 36 move game of the Queen's Indian. In this exciting game, Vitiugov went astray in complications early in the middlegame and never recovered. The tactical melee ended when Vitiugov went down a rook and bishop, and ran out of checks with his queen.
Apr-14-12  shivasuri4: Sasikiran's team( Navigator,Moscow ) lost 2-4 with the 2nd and 3rd boards winning against their higher rated opponents and the other 4 boards losing. They are now placed 7th. In the final round tomorrow, they play the fifth seeded, sixth placed Ugra, Khanty - Mansiysk.
Apr-15-12  shivasuri4: In the 7th and final round, Sasikiran with the white pieces drew against Alexei Shirov in 42 moves of the Semi-Slav. The game featured plenty of exchanges and the players agreed to a draw well after the position lost signs of life.

Overall, the tournament represented significant gains for Sasikiran, with him winning and drawing 3 games each.

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  waustad: Happy B'day!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Krishnan Sasikiran for remaining the only perfect player at Aeroflot Open (2015). He entered as the 8th seed at 2682 (now 2693), and has started 3/3. Tomorrow, he'll face Igor Kovalenko with white.
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  Penguincw: After starting 3/3, Sasikiran stumbles and finished 1/4 (he drew the 2 games in the middle) to finish in a 14-way tie for 18th (28th after tiebreaks). His final score is 5/9 (+4,-3,=2). He also lost 4.5 rating points.
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  Caissanist: What happened to this guy? When he was 25 he reached #21 in the world, but that seems to have been his peak. He seems to be trying to make a go of it as a chess professional, playing frequently in European and Middle Eastern tournaments, but his results have not been great, he is no longer in the top 100. I bet he's wishing now that he had finished his degree in finance or statistics or whatever, and left chess as a hobby.
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