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Surya Shekhar Ganguly
Number of games in database: 897
Years covered: 1991 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2652 (2619 rapid, 2565 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2672

Overall record: +313 -123 =282 (63.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 179 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (152) 
    B92 B90 B32 B42 B47
 Sicilian Najdorf (54) 
    B92 B90 B91 B94 B96
 Ruy Lopez (50) 
    C67 C91 C80 C78 C70
 French Defense (38) 
    C11 C03 C10 C18 C05
 Caro-Kann (31) 
    B18 B12 B17 B11 B10
 Petrov (20) 
    C42 C43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (54) 
    B40 B47 B48 B33 B83
 French Defense (49) 
    C05 C18 C02 C07 C00
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C78 C77 C65 C69 C76
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (42) 
    D27 D20 D26 D24 D23
 Grunfeld (32) 
    D85 D80 D87 D78 D82
 King's Indian (31) 
    E67 E97 E60 E90 E84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ganguly vs A Ismagambetov, 2006 1-0
   Kramnik vs Ganguly, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Le Quang Liem vs Ganguly, 2016 0-1
   Carlsen vs Ganguly, 2016 1/2-1/2
   H Fidaeyee vs Ganguly, 2005 0-1
   Ganguly vs W Spoelman, 2011 1-0
   A Volokitin vs Ganguly, 2007 0-1
   Ganguly vs S Palit, 2015 1-0
   Ganguly vs D Kollars, 2016 1-0
   M Gluhovsky vs Ganguly, 2017 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   43rd Indian Championship (2006)
   Indian Championship (2003)
   Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
   4th Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (2009)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   Kolkata Open (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2003)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   KID Fianchetto by ISeth

   🏆 Isle of Man Masters
   Ganguly vs D Wagner (Oct-28-18) 1-0
   S Williams vs Ganguly (Oct-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   Ganguly vs Harsha Bharathakoti (Oct-26-18) 1-0
   P Darini vs Ganguly (Oct-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   Ganguly vs N Lubbe (Oct-24-18) 1-0

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(born Feb-24-1983, 35 years old) India

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Surya Shekhar Ganguly was born on the 24th of February 1983. A native of Kolkata, India, Ganguly earned the GM title in 2003 and has since gone on to capture the Indian National Championship five consecutive times from 2004 to 2008. He took part in the FIDE World Cup (2005), eliminating Hikaru Nakamura in the first round before losing to Levan Pantsulaia in rapid tie-breaks. He also served as a second to World Champion Viswanathan Anand in the Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008). Was =2nd at the 10th Edmonton International (2015). His finish on the leader board of the Asian Continental Championship 2015 qualified him to play in the World Cup (2015) where he lost in the first round to young Russian GM Vladislav Artemiev and was therefore eliminated from the Cup.

Wikipedia article: Surya Shekhar Ganguly

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 897  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Vallejo Pons vs Ganguly  1-0271991Wch U10C46 Three Knights
2. H Mas vs Ganguly 0-1391991Ch World (cadets)C59 Two Knights
3. F Vallejo Pons vs Ganguly  0-1321992Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
4. Bacrot vs Ganguly  1-0341993Wch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Ganguly vs Grischuk  0-1711993Wch U10B08 Pirc, Classical
6. Z Rahman vs Ganguly  ½-½451994CalcuttaC29 Vienna Gambit
7. Ganguly vs A Jankovic  1-0211994WYFWC Szeged B12(2)C28 Vienna Game
8. Ganguly vs Ponomariov  ½-½941994Wch U12B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
9. S Azarov vs Ganguly  0-1591994WYFWC Szeged B12(9)C55 Two Knights Defense
10. G B Joshi vs Ganguly  1-0461996CalcuttaC55 Two Knights Defense
11. Ganguly vs G Sargissian  0-1391996Wch U14D02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Grischuk vs Ganguly  0-1301996Wch U14B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
13. Gleizerov vs Ganguly  1-026199910th Goodricke Int.D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. Ganguly vs Ehlvest  0-139199910th Goodricke Int.B06 Robatsch
15. P Girinath vs Ganguly  0-1262000Goodricke OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Ganguly vs Z Rahman  1-0502000Asia-chB32 Sicilian
17. Ganguly vs I R Ibragimov  0-1262000Goodricke OpenC45 Scotch Game
18. Ganguly vs S Vijayalakshmi  1-0322000Goodricke OpenC45 Scotch Game
19. Akopian vs Ganguly  1-0332000Goodricke OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
20. Blatny vs Ganguly  ½-½432000Goodricke OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Ganguly vs P Mithrakanth  ½-½322000Goodricke OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. A Deshmukh vs Ganguly  ½-½192000Goodricke OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. Ganguly vs G B Joshi  1-0572000Goodricke OpenC45 Scotch Game
24. Ganguly vs P Konguvel  ½-½142000Goodricke OpenB32 Sicilian
25. P Thipsay vs Ganguly ½-½32000Goodricke OpenC60 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 897  PGN Download
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Jan-13-10  VishyFan: Ganguly won his game against Milos and ended the campaign with a score of 5.0/7 with a performace rating of 2804 and gained 14.3 elo...

This makes it a pretty close race for the 2nd best Indian in the rating list.......

Hari 2669 (lost 3 ELO here)
Ganguly 2668
Sasi 2665 (gained 12 ELO here)

Good for India.... :)

Jan-13-10  VishyFan: <This makes it a pretty close race for the 2nd best Indian in the rating list.......

Hari 2669 (lost 3 ELO here)
Ganguly 2668
Sasi 2665 (gained 12 ELO here)

Good for India.... :)>

Forgot to include the Asian Team Championship changes :)

Updated List below:

Sasi 2674
Ganguly 2672
Hari 2668

Jan-17-10  VishyFan: I have created this blog to maintain a live list of chess ratings of Indian players..... http://liveindianchessratings.blogs...
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  wordfunph: GM Ganguly in FIDE's top 80! ey CG, this GM deserves to have a photo here. I saw him playing in 2009 Asian Individual tourney here in the Philippines.

birthday happy Indian GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly!

Mar-08-10  VishyFan: Ganguly is currently rated 2672 and is probably busy with Anand's world championship preparations. That's the likely cause he has not played in any tournaments after the World Team Championship in January......


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  Stonehenge: Is it 'Sekhar' or Shekhar'?
Mar-12-10  Sacsacmate: <Is it 'Sekhar' or Shekhar'?>

My strong hunch is it is Shekhar..

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  Stonehenge: Yups:

Correction submitted.

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  wordfunph: now it's officially Shekhar..

thanks <Stone>..

Jan-17-12  BadKnight: His first name, in native language, should be pronounced Shurjo, as in Shoor-Joe.
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  Richard Taylor: I played in simul against Ganguly yesterday. I didn't realise he played the Najdorf himself and played it (I didn't research his games at all but I wouldn't have mattered as of course he played a variety of starting moves; and I wou still have played the Najdorf..);I went wrong on move 8 but he didn't take advantage of it (I think he wanted to see how I would play the "mainline"...maybe, I mean to "practice the mainline, or maybe he thought I found a TN!)), got a better position (thinking in fact I was not better!) but then I stuffed up by sacrificing my knight in the wrong place. Then when I was losing I thought I was better!

One of my fellow Club members (Keith Ward ACC, Auckland, NZ) beat him with a great Botvinnik Stonewall Dutch and a nice game. NZ Chess Fed. President Paul Spiller confirm he is soon off to Germany to assist Anand prepare.

I wonder if they do (how much?) prep. of 1 e4 in case 1 d4 etc doesn't work out so well?

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  Richard Taylor: Very nice fellow he seemed.
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  Benzol: <Richard> He's giving a simul tonight at HPCC.
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  Richard Taylor: Yes, I played again as you know now. I put that game through Fritz also, and again I missed ways to get a good game but allowed him to get Q right on e5 when I nearly resigned. Then I came back into the game and in the last 10 moves or so I could have drawn. It is hard when you don't feel like using to much time working moves out in a simul, so I made errors when I moved immediately he arrived at the board, mostly.

As you saw we analysed my game on Monday and the positions arising (had I played what I wanted to play) were quite fascinating. He in fact said it was "very complex". (Note his comment! And the frenzied way he writhed to find a denfence to his position!!)) He was keen to analyse the complex positions arising in the (that variation of) Najdorf but was noncommittal about how they are going to handle things if they decide to face Gelfand's Najdorf! He clearly will recall every detail of my game and, and my ingenious moves we played tonight, and the complex and beautiful ideas, pass the info onto the world champion.

I say this with deep modesty...Paul said he hadn't had dinner, but my bet is, my certainty in fact is, that he will spend all tonight without sleep analysing and delving into the ideas (sparking, scintillating, excruciating?!!??) he saw generated by my brilliant insights and fabulous flights of my own genius (and some of his own) into the attack-combinations etc It will torment and amaze him for years.

I expect in fact (I have absolutely no doubt on this matter in fact) that this encounter with me will change the course of Chess history forever.

{Picture this contrast - Ewen Green was there, but all he did was to bring some tea. Pathetic! He took no interest in my amazing ideas and my game. But I, I, I had a vital Appointment with Fate.

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  Benzol: <Richard> It will be very interesting to see if any ideas expressed earlier this evening will feature in any Anand - Gelfand games in the forthcoming match. That position is full of possibilities and I noticed that even a GM could get lost in the labyrinthine variations that exist within it.

GM Ganguly seems a nice guy btw. I hope he enjoyed his time in our country.

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  Richard Taylor: Yes, joking aside, he was a nice fellow. be (very) funny if the was game with that variation in it! Be unlikely as I think Anand will stick to 1 d4. Or even if he essays 1 e4 it will be the English - so called -of eth Najdorf. His strategy might be to take on Gelfand head on but I think he will just allow his natural calculating ability to prevail.

Hard to predict the outcome. Gelfand could pull it of but Anand is more likely on rating etc but no one can tell with these things. I see that Aronian is playing some really great games just now. Pity he and Anand aren't paired.

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Cheers! At the end of my game or near the end I my position was easily drawn but when he turned up at the board I tended to move immediately without asking him to pass so I made errors and lost. In fact after being in (very) bad (probably lost at one stage) middle game I broke through with small combo (it involved a possible piece sac he had to decline) and was threatening almost to win at one a stage!

Earlier I set a trap for him which would have won, but he saw it!!

But the pearler was Keith Ward's really great win over Ganguly at the ACC! It was like a GM game by Capablanca and Tal in consultation!! He ripped the GM apart!! Even Ewen (not given to uncalled for praise of any kind!) said he had uncorked a 2600 game!!

Keith the giant killer!!

In the past he's beaten Steadman, Watson and Gino and many others.. hes doesn't play in tourneys so he catches the unwary out!! He's probably beaten Sarapu, but he wouldn't tell you...He's dangerous as he just plays for the shear joy of it, but he also often plays badly, as he plays very quickly all the time as he wants to to go out for smoke! Good "old" Keith!

Anyway - Michael Steadman is the new Numero Uno!!

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Ganguly!
Oct-15-12  sorrowstealer: its unfortunate that some IM manage to get a picture here but a 2650+ rated GM dont have.
Oct-19-12  shivasuri4: Ganguly finished 3rd on tiebreaks in the Indonesia Open, which concluded the day before yesterday. Yu Yangyi and Li Chao finished first and second. Hilarious that the following Chessbase report claims that Ganguly is Indonesian!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Surya Ganguly for his performance at the Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015). Entering as the 6th seed, he scored 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3). A last round win against Wang Hao (who he had never beaten before) propelled him to a 3-way share of 1st (but behind Short on tiebreaks).

Rating wise, he gained 7.5 points to move from 2619 to 2627.

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  Penguincw: Surya Shekhar Ganguly is edged on tiebreaks by Saleh for first at the Asian Continental Championship (both men finished with 7/9), but Ganguly still qualifies for the 2015 World Cup!
Nov-19-15  FICSwoodpusher: Does anyone know where I can find the following game (I only know the opening moves)

S.Ganguly-Reefat bin Sattar, Sri Lanka 2001

1 e4 e5 2 a3 Nf6 3 Nc3 d5 4 exd5 Nxd5 5 Qh5 Qd6 6 Nf3 Nxc3 7 dxc3 Nd7 8 Bg5 g6 9 Qh4 f6 10 Be3 Bg7 11 Rd1

Nov-19-15  FICSwoodpusher: Nevermind, I found it here.

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Ganguly for winning the Bangkok Open on tiebreaks.

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