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Chithambaram V R Aravindh
Number of games in database: 80
Years covered: 2011 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2487 (2261 rapid, 2372 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2507
Overall record: +32 -27 =21 (53.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B47 B20 B92 B31 B78
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C70 C65 C89 C96 C60
 Sicilian Taimanov (5) 
    B47 B48
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (18) 
    B33 B30 B31 B22 B25
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D35 D36
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E10 D02 A50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Aravindh vs Shirov, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   World Junior Championships (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2012)

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(born Nov-09-1999, 16 years old) India

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FIDE Master (2011); IM (2014); GM (2014).

Aravindh is one of the world's youngest Grandmasters, having won the title on 20 December 2014 at the age of 15 years 1 month 11 days, 2 days after compatriot Murali Karthikeyan, both winning their titles at the U16 Olympiad. These two players and Chinese GM Wei Yi are the only GMs born in 1999 to the date of this update (see below).

When he was 12 years old, Aravindh won the 2011 National Junior Boys Tournament held in Mumbai. He placed =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Kayden W Troff) at the World U14 Championship in 2012, and 2nd at the World U16 Championship in 2014 behind the winner Alan Pichot.

He gained his FM title by placing =1st in the 2011 Asian U12 Open Championships.

His first IM norm, a combined IM/GM norm, came from his win at the 2013 Chennai Grandmaster Open. His 2nd IM norm came from his 5.5/9 result at the Casino Open held in Graz, Austria in February 2014. His 3rd IM norm followed a couple of weeks later at the 28th International Games Festival in Cannes. For good measure, a fourth IM norm, earned at the Reykjavik Open 2014 was also submitted to FIDE in support of his claim for an IM title.

Aravindh's first GM norm was at the 2013 Chennai Grandmaster Open which he won, the second GM norm was at the Kuala Lumpur International Open and his 3rd GM norm came with his =3rd at the Riga Technical University Open (2014) in August 2014. Although he came in 2nd at the World U16 championship in Durban in 2014, this was insufficient to lift his rating to 2500 due to a poor performance at a local rating tournament immediately before the Durban event. (1) However good results at the Qatar Open and especially at the 2014 U16 Olympiad in December 2014 where he scored 8/9 for his team's 3rd board pushed his rating over the 2500 mark to enable him to meet the final criterion for the Grandmaster title. The critical game was on 20 December 2014 in round 8 of the U16 Olympiad when he defeated Mihnea Costachi to finally cross the 2500 live rating mark.

Further reading: (1) , (2) , (3)

Last updated 5 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 80  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. C Aravindh vs N Huschenbeth  0-137 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
2. R Sapozhnikov vs C Aravindh  1-073 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsE08 Catalan, Closed
3. F Zulfic vs C Aravindh  0-132 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
4. C Aravindh vs S Vaibhav 0-126 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
5. C Aravindh vs R Bhuvanesh  0-159 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB32 Sicilian
6. C Aravindh vs J Herman 1-038 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
7. L Kuchynka vs C Aravindh  0-147 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB25 Sicilian, Closed
8. C Aravindh vs S Soors  1-060 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
9. J Arun vs C Aravindh  0-131 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. C Aravindh vs S S Manigandan  1-033 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsC19 French, Winawer, Advance
11. N R Visakh vs C Aravindh  1-044 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB33 Sicilian
12. C Aravindh vs B Hercules  0-142 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. T Petenyi vs C Aravindh  ½-½47 2011 World Junior ChampionshipsB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. C Aravindh vs A Indjic  0-139 2012 World Junior ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
15. Sundararajan vs C Aravindh 1-039 2012 Kolkata OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
16. C Holt vs C Aravindh  1-047 2012 World Junior ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
17. C Aravindh vs O Mihok  0-126 2012 World Junior ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
18. Gao Rui vs C Aravindh 0-145 2012 World Junior ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
19. C Aravindh vs E Hossain  0-148 2012 Kolkata OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. V Kovalev vs C Aravindh  1-039 2012 World Junior ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
21. C Aravindh vs P Kalofonos  1-022 2012 World Junior ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. A Kunte vs C Aravindh  ½-½20 2012 Kolkata OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. C Aravindh vs M Andersen  ½-½41 2012 World Junior ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
24. E Barbosa vs C Aravindh  1-027 2012 World Junior ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. C Aravindh vs A Das  1-023 2012 Kolkata OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
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Nov-22-12  shivasuri4: Despite that last round disappointment, Aravindh gained 26.7 rating points, and will reach a career-high rating of 2338 in the December list.
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  cro777: 14-year-old FM Aravindh Chithambaram wins the Chennai Grandmaster International Open Chess tournament held in celebration of the FIDE World Championship Match 2013 scoring 9/11.

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  cro777: Aravindth's ELO 2728 performance rating at the Chennai GM Open 2013 fetches 80 ELOs taking him past 2400 mark.
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  jamesmaskell: I wondered who else had noticed his performance. Pretty amazing with four wins against GMs including Armenian Ter-Sahakyan.
Nov-24-13  akinov: His ELO 2728 performance rating here fetches 80 ELOs taking him past 2400 mark. nd will reach a career-high rating of 2415 in the December list.
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  wordfunph: GM in 2014.
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  notyetagm: Chithambaram V R Aravindh

<king_nothing1: Susan Polgar termed Arvind chithambrab, laying very close to Carlsen and Aronion

king_nothing1: playing*>

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  notyetagm: <twinlark: I guess he has the small consolation that he was totally lost by then anyway.

Not only that but after 25...Bc6, White missed a mate in 4 starting with 26. Nh6+:>

A very nice <MATE IN 4>: 26 ♘f5-h6+! g7x♘h6 27 ♕f3xf7+ ♔g8-h8 28 ♖e1-e8+! ♕d8x♖e8 29 ♕f7-f6#.

Feb-18-14  rishi2377: How can I get the PGN of Aravindh's matches at Casino Graz 2014. He is 1/2 points behind the leader after 5 rounds.
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  twinlark: <rishi2377>

There are currently 154 games available via chess-results for download:

Obviously there is no guarantee these contain all the games you want.

May-17-14  BIDMONFA: Chithambaram V R Aravindh

ARAVINDH, Chithambaram

Aug-24-14  Rascal Nikov: Congrats to Aravindh, for defeating Shirov.
Aug-24-14  shivasuri4: 3 GM scalps in the Riga Technical University tournament. That will probably get him a GM norm.

Aravindh is within sniffing distance of the 2500 mark now, with a rating of 2496.

Aug-24-14  Rascal Nikov: is 2496 live rating ? how much GM norms he already has ?
Aug-24-14  shivasuri4: Yes, his live rating is 2496. I think this will be his second GM norm after the one at the Chennai Grandmaster International Open, but I can't be sure.

He becomes the second highest rated among those born in 1999, behind Wei Yi.

Aug-25-14  Galion: This is his third GM norm. First was at The 2013 Chennai Grandmaster Open which he won and second was at Kuala Lumpur International Open.
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  twinlark: Thanks for the info, guys. I've added to his bio to account for his title norms.
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  twinlark: Aravindh just passed his 2500 live rating at the World U16 Championship in Durban in South Africa. It happened in round 3 on 21 Sep, and means that he's completed all the requirements he needs for the GM title since he gained his 3rd GM norm last month.

He is now the world's youngest grandmaster, 5 months younger than the Chinese wunderkind Wei Yi.

Congratulations GM Aravindh!

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  twinlark: Congraturlations also on being the runner up at the World U16 championship.
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Too early for one of the congratulations, it seems.

Aravindh played a local tourney before he got to Durban, and managed to get to 2499.4 live before he crashed and burned, losing over 20 points in the next 5 rounds.

Durban didn't make the difference it would otherwise had made.

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  twinlark: The latest FIDE ratings show Aravindh finally cracked the 2500 mark during the U16 Olympiad this month to fulfil the last condition needed to win his GM title a little over a month after his 15th birthday.

Congratulations to GM Aravindh!

Jan-02-15  shivasuri4: The FIDE card of Aravindh doesn't show him as a GM yet. Samuel Sevian is presently the youngest GM in the world, having obtained the title in November 2014.
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  twinlark: <shivasuri4>

True, but once the application is received and approved, the date of effect is the day on which the player meets all the conditions. This is spelt out in FIDE regulations. That's why it's possible for a GM never to have reached an official rating of 2500, as it is sufficient to achieve that level as a live rating to qualify for the title.

Aravindh has had 3 GM norms for months now, and has come agonisingly close (to within less than one rating point), so while he is not yet officially a Grandmaster, the upshot of these regulations is that once his title is approved, he <will have been> a Grandmaster from the 20th December 2014, the date at which he met the final criterion, namely the 2500 live rating.

As far as Sevian is concerned, he is younger than Aravindh, so the former remains the youngest GM in the world till someone younger makes the grade.

Jan-02-15  shivasuri4: Oh, I wasn't disputing your statement. I was merely wondering why the FIDE card hasn't been updated. Thanks for the info anyway, and the quick correction in Aravindh's bio.
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  offramp: He is the inventor and sole user of the Chithambaram Attack: 1.Nf3 1....<any> 2.Rg1.
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