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Krishnan Sasikiran
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Number of games in database: 1,290
Years covered: 1995 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2666 (2625 rapid, 2608 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2720

Overall record: +436 -180 =478 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 196 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (73) 
    E32 E30 E21 E34 E39
 Slav (66) 
    D15 D11 D12 D10 D17
 Semi-Slav (61) 
    D45 D44 D47 D49 D43
 King's Indian (45) 
    E92 E80 E73 E91 E81
 Queen's Gambit Declined (39) 
    D30 D31 D39 D37 D38
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    E00 A40 E10 A41 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (123) 
    B80 B90 B81 B22 B23
 Ruy Lopez (108) 
    C95 C78 C77 C84 C99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (69) 
    C95 C84 C99 C91 C90
 Grunfeld (51) 
    D78 D85 D91 D94 D80
 King's Indian (46) 
    E97 E92 E67 E60 E76
 Slav (40) 
    D11 D12 D15 D17 D10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sasikiran vs Krasenkow, 2004 1-0
   Sasikiran vs S D Swapnil, 2017 1-0
   Nakamura vs Sasikiran, 2005 0-1
   Sasikiran vs C Hansen, 2005 1-0
   Sasikiran vs Kasimdzhanov, 2006 1-0
   Sasikiran vs D Rombaldoni, 2006 1-0
   M Meinhardt vs Sasikiran, 2007 0-1
   Sasikiran vs Anand, 2002 1-0
   Kamsky vs Sasikiran, 2007 0-1
   Sasikiran vs V Laznicka, 2011 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Indian Championship (2003)
   Corsica Masters (2011)
   Rilton Cup 2016/17 (2016)
   European Club Cup (2007)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   17th Aeroflot Open (Group A) (2019)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)

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

   🏆 Grand Swiss IoM
   B D Deac vs Sasikiran (Oct-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   Sasikiran vs A Rakhmanov (Oct-14-19) 1/2-1/2
   Sasikiran vs D Harika (Oct-13-19) 1-0
   Kuzubov vs Sasikiran (Oct-13-19) 1/2-1/2
   J B Bjerre vs Sasikiran (Oct-11-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-07-1981, 38 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 52; games 1-25 of 1,290  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Oral vs Sasikiran 1-0311995Wch U18B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Smirin vs Sasikiran  ½-½381997Canada opB20 Sicilian
3. R Panken vs Sasikiran  0-1401997Canadian OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
4. B Goude vs Sasikiran 0-1121997Canadian OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. Sasikiran vs C Grant 1-0301997Canadian OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Sasikiran vs Z Gofshtein  0-1261997Canadian OpenD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. J Babb vs Sasikiran  0-1411997Canadian OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Sasikiran vs D Kirton 1-0191997Canadian OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Hjartarson vs Sasikiran  1-0491997Canadian OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
10. Sasikiran vs D Haessel  ½-½631997Canadian OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Y Kurlyandchik vs Sasikiran  0-1401997Canadian OpenB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
12. Sasikiran vs Z Rahman  1-0331998CalcuttaD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. R Eames vs Sasikiran  0-1391998BCF-ch 85thC34 King's Gambit Accepted
14. D Kopec vs Sasikiran  0-1471998Hampstead GM3D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
15. Y Shulman vs Sasikiran  1-0531998Elista ol (Men)E92 King's Indian
16. Sasikiran vs Sadvakasov  ½-½321998Wch U20E41 Nimzo-Indian
17. S Williams vs Sasikiran 0-1341998Wch U20A26 English
18. Sasikiran vs P Konguvel  0-1441999Nagpur Indian ch A, INDE92 King's Indian
19. Sasikiran vs P Thipsay 1-0581999Nagpur Indian ch A, INDE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
20. Sasikiran vs S Suvrajit  1-0401999Nagpur Indian ch A, INDE81 King's Indian, Samisch
21. V Saravanan vs Sasikiran  0-1791999Nagpur Indian ch A, INDB10 Caro-Kann
22. Shankar Roy vs Sasikiran  0-1331999Nagpur Indian ch A, INDE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
23. Sasikiran vs G B Prakash  ½-½101999Nagpur Indian ch A, INDA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
24. N K Mishra vs Sasikiran  0-1541999Nagpur Indian ch A, INDD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
25. Sasikiran vs A Kunte  0-1381999Nagpur Indian ch A, INDE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,290  PGN Download
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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.

Jan-07-13  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.
Mar-29-16  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.
Nov-08-16  sorrowstealer: Natural positional play,his games are very instructional.I am studying at present.
Feb-23-19  indianchessupdates: Aeroflot 2019

Krishnan Sasikiran live rating zooms to 2698.2 and is on a perfect score of 5/5 with a mind blowing performance rating of 340l elo.

He is slated to meet the young iranian Tabatabaei M.Amin who is on a roll too with 4/5.

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  sonia91: <Aeroflot Open: Sasikiran still supreme>
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