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Baskaran Adhiban
Number of games in database: 289
Years covered: 2008 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2674 (2590 rapid, 2607 blitz)
Overall record: +114 -51 =116 (61.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      8 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B90 B97 B30 B43 B48
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C95 C68 C97 C70 C96
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    E00 E10 A45
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B90 B97 B96 B94
 Slav (10) 
    D16 D17 D15 D18 D11
 Semi-Slav (8) 
    D43 D45 D44
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B90 B47 B48 B96 B23
 Semi-Slav (13) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C78 C89 C72 C85 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B90 B96 B94 B91
 King's Indian (10) 
    E92 E60 E76 E90 E83
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E15 E12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Adhiban vs Short, 2014 1-0
   B Adhiban vs A Donchenko, 2015 1-0
   S Docx vs B Adhiban, 2015 0-1
   B Adhiban vs A Rombaldoni, 2011 1-0
   B Adhiban vs A Ipatov, 2012 1/2-1/2
   S Himanshu vs B Adhiban, 2012 0-1
   B Adhiban vs W So, 2011 1-0
   A Stefanova vs B Adhiban, 2015 0-1
   B Adhiban vs Wei Yi, 2015 1-0
   B Adhiban vs J Urbina Perez, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Indian Premier National A Championship (2009)
   Tata Steel Group C (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Nakhchivan Open (2015)
   Kolkata Open (2012)
   World Junior Championships (2011)
   Aeroflot Open (2015)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   World Cup (2013)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   10th Asian Individual Championships (2011)
   13th Dubai Open (2011)

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(born Aug-15-1992, 23 years old) India

[what is this?]
International Master (2008); Grandmaster (2010); U16 World Champion (2008); Indian Champion (2009)

Baskaran Adhiban is a grandmaster from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is one of India's elite players with a rating consistently over 2600.

Grandmaster norms

He gained his GM norms at the Indian National Championship in 2009, the international grandmaster tournament in Bhuvaneswar in 2010 and at the Olomouc Chess Summer Tournament in August 2010. He gained the GM title at the completion of the last named event as he had already been rated over 2500 when he gained his 3rd GM norm.


<Youth> In October 2008, he won the U16 World Youth Championship.

<National> He was the youngest ever champion of the Indian national 'B' championships, which he won in September 2008. Winner of the 47th Premier National Chess Championship 2009 with 10/13.

<Continental> =2nd (5th on tiebreak) at the 2013 Asian Continental Championship qualifying to play in the World Cup (2013). He was 2nd at the 2014 Asian Continental Championship behind Chinese wunderkind Yu Yangyi.

<World> In the 2013 World Cup, he defeated Evgeny Alekseev in the first round and Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier in the second round but was defeated by US super-GM Hikaru Nakamura in the next one. His results at the 2014 Asian Continental Championship qualified him to compete in the World Cup (2015) where he was eliminated from the event in the first round's first set of rapid tiebreakers by Russian GM Vladimir Fedoseev.

Standard Tournaments

Adhiban won the Olomouc Chess Summer 2010 GM-2 tournament with 7/10 and came =1st at the 2nd SCS International Open Grand Master Chess Tournament 2010. He also won the Cultural Village Schaaktoernooi 2011 tournament held in the Netherlands with 6.5 points from 9 games. A few weeks after the 2013 World Cup, he took outright first with 8.5/10 in the powerful Hostafrancs Open in Barcelona ahead of many GMS, including six rated over 2600.

He came =2nd at the Zalakaros Open 2015 (4th on tiebreaks) with a score of 6.5/9 (+4,-0,=5). In July 2015, he won the powerful Benasque Open with 8.5/10, half a point clear of a trailing pack of six grandmasters, who in turn led 24 other grandmasters and numerous IMs and other masters. (1) Also in July 2015, Adhiban placed =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Emil Sutovsky) with 8/11. (2)

Team events (3)

<U16 Olympiads> Adhiban was top board for the Indian team at the 2006 U16 Olympiad staged in Agri in India. He was also top board in the gold medal winning Indian teams that were fielded in the U-16 World Olympiads in Singapore in 2007 and in Turkey in 2008.

<Olympiads> He played reserve for India at the Chess Olympiad (2010). He played board 4 for India at the Chess Olympiad (2014) held in Tromsų, his 7/10 being an important component of India winning the bronze medal for the first time.

<Regional and World Team Championships> Adhiban played reserve for the bronze-medal winning Indian team at the 16th Asian Games (Men Teams) (2010). He was top board for India 2 at the 2009 Asian Team Championship, helping his team to 5th place and scoring 5th for his board. At the 2014 Asian Team Championship, he played board 2 for his country, this time helping his country to team silver, and again placing 5th for his board. He was also the second reserve for India at the World Team Championship (2010), and assisted his team to win the bronze medal.


Adhiban works for Indian Oil at Chennai and is trained by Kameswaran Visweswaran. (4)

Sources and references

(1); (2); (3); (4)


Last updated 15 September 2015

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 289  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Forato vs B Adhiban 0-123 2008 Open 16-wyccC53 Giuoco Piano
2. B Adhiban vs V Durarbayli  1-047 2008 Open 16-wyccB30 Sicilian
3. J Ophoff vs B Adhiban  ½-½31 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. J Jorczik vs B Adhiban  0-125 2008 Open 16-wyccD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. B Adhiban vs G V Wijesuriya  1-032 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
6. B Adhiban vs R R Ankit  1-037 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
7. A Shimanov vs B Adhiban  ½-½74 2008 Open 16-wyccD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. B Adhiban vs E P Nirmal  1-030 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
9. B Adhiban vs K Priyadharshan  ½-½60 2008 Open 16-wyccC67 Ruy Lopez
10. C Praveen Kumar vs B Adhiban  1-035 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. B Adhiban vs S P Sethuraman  1-038 2008 Open 16-wyccC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
12. S Gurpreet vs B Adhiban  ½-½46 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
13. L Mai vs B Adhiban  0-167 2008 Open 16-wyccC53 Giuoco Piano
14. W So vs B Adhiban 1-072 2008 World Youth U-16 Chess OlympiadC28 Vienna Game
15. B Adhiban vs N Das  0-150 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. A Gritsenko vs B Adhiban  0-150 2008 Open 16-wyccB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. B Adhiban vs R Deepthamsh  1-040 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. B Adhiban vs S Soors  1-042 2008 Open 16-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
19. B Adhiban vs E Hansen  ½-½23 2008 Open 16-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
20. T Purushothaman vs B Adhiban  0-130 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
21. B Adhiban vs D Debashis  ½-½23 2008 Open 16-wyccB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. M Vinoth Kumar vs B Adhiban  1-028 2008 Commonwealth ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
23. B Adhiban vs H Catelli  1-068 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
24. B Adhiban vs R Sangma 1-025 2009 Indian Premier National A ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
25. M van Delft vs B Adhiban  ½-½24 2009 Dutch OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
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Dec-18-09  Birthday Boy: Belated Happy Birthday!!!


another rising chess star

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  Tabanus: Indian Premier National A Championship 2009:

Dec-22-09  VishyFan: Adhiban playing for India 'B' in the Asian Team chess championship.... Round 1 is underway.......

Live games here.........

Dec-22-09  VishyFan: Adhiban won the first round game where India 'B' blanked out Srilanka. They are up against India 'A' (Sasi, Hari, Ganguly, Negi & Deepan) in the 2nd round......
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  Tabanus: 5th today in the 2nd SCS GM tournament (India) 22-30 May 2010:

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  Tabanus: Winner of Olomouc Chess Summer GM-2 (Czech Republic) 4-12 August 2010:

May-10-11  Don Cossacks: He upset GM Wesley So of Philippines in round 4 of Asian Individual Championship 2011.
Dec-11-11  indianchessupdates: Adhiban won the Cultural Village Schaaktoernooi 2011 tournament with 6.5 points from 9 games. He Gained 6.1 Elo's

As a winner, He will be invited to participate in group C of the Tata Steel Grand Master Chess Tournament 2012.

He is now at his all time high live rankings of 2561

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  Penguincw: Beat Haast today.
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  waustad: The ratings posted are a little strange. His present rating of 2561 is his highest published rating.
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  Penguincw: < "In Grandmaster Group C, the daily prize of 100 euros went to Baskaran Adhiban for his win over fellow Indian Sahaj Grover in 38 moves from a Nimzo Indian." >

Congratz. :)

Aug-15-13  shivasuri4: Adhiban reached round 3 of the ongoing World Cup, beating Alekseev in tiebreaks and Alexandr Fier 1.5-0.5 in classical time controls. Both his opponents were rated well above him, so this is encouraging.
Aug-15-13  cadwallon: What better way to celebrate your 21st birthday? Happy birthday, Baskaran.
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  waustad: Congratulations on winning the
XV Open Internacional de Sants with a score of 8.5/10.
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  wordfunph: "He is a gifted tactician. Last year I was matched against him in a team tournament. I played the Gruenfeld and Adhiban played h2-h4 and mated me in 20 moves as if I was not there. It was as if he was giving a simul."

- GM Peter Svidler

Jun-07-14  NeoIndian: Anybody knows where is he playing in coming months?
Jul-29-14  fisayo123:
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  alexmagnus: Due to a mistake on the part of, he was for some minutes #1 there, with a record Elo of 26303 :D
Jan-30-15  ketchuplover: Doing well in Gibraltar currently
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  chancho: Freaky dude...

Jan-31-15  thegoodanarchist: <wordfunph: "He is a gifted tactician. Last year I was matched against him in a team tournament. I played the Gruenfeld and Adhiban played h2-h4 and mated me in 20 moves as if I was not there. It was as if he was giving a simul." - GM Peter Svidler >

There is no game in the db between Adhiban and Svidler

Mar-05-15  jphamlore: Adhiban in the India - China Summit 2015 as White inflicted one of the worst defeats Wei Yi has ever suffered in Wei Yi's admittedly short career. Well done.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Baskaran Adhiban for his performance at the Zalakaros Open. He took 2nd place (4th on tiebreaks) with a score of 6.5/9 (+4,-0,=5) and gained 3.5 rating points (now at 2639.5).
Jul-13-15  sonia91: Winner of the 35th Open de "Villa Benasque" with 8,5/10:

Aug-23-15  jith1207: Adhiban was born in same small town as Vishy Anand and their mothers grew up there (Just like I did in same town). Adhiban later moved to the city and grew up in Chennai, for learning and playing Chess, getting to the level of GrandMaster, just as former world champion did (with the exception of Anand learning some trade in Phillipines in young age).

There are striking similarities and coincidences in both of their lives.

Here's expecting Adhiban reaches 2700+ mark and stays up there among the elite for years to come!

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