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Sahaj Grover
S Grover 
Number of games in database: 338
Years covered: 2005 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2504 (2492 rapid, 2525 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2532

Overall record: +114 -80 =84 (56.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 60 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (44) 
    B30 B43 B52 B71 B48
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C77 C86 C65 C78 C70
 French Defense (10) 
    C11 C01 C14 C16 C17
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E25 E20 E30 E34
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B18 B12 B16 B15 B10
 Sicilian Kan (8) 
    B43 B42
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (39) 
    C02 C07 C05 C01 C11
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C78 C69 C77 C70 C63
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A46 E00 A40 D02
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E32 E46 E47 E40 E30
 French Tarrasch (13) 
    C07 C05 C09
 Sicilian (10) 
    B90 B91 B92 B96 B48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Firouzja vs S Grover, 2015 0-1
   S Grover vs L Ptacnikova, 2011 1-0
   S Grover vs A Mellema, 2008 1-0
   S Grover vs A Abhishek, 2014 1-0
   S Grover vs L O Hauge, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   Tata Steel Group C (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2019)
   London Chess Classic FIDE Open (2010)
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 Moja Open GM/IM Norm
   S Grover vs D Barrish (Mar-24-22) 1/2-1/2
   S Grover vs Martirosyan (Dec-28-19) 1/2-1/2
   R Praggnanandhaa vs S Grover (Dec-06-19) 1/2-1/2
   S Grover vs L Wu (Dec-05-19) 1-0
   R Pert vs S Grover (Dec-04-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Sep-07-1995, 26 years old) India

[what is this?]
IM (2010); Grandmaster (2012). At one time (April 2003), the youngest Indian to have a FIDE rating, Grover won the World Under-10 Championship in Belfort in 2005. He won his 3rd GM norm at the World Junior Championship (2012) to gain the GM title a few weeks before his 17th birthday. Outright 2nd at the 2013 Asian Junior Championship.

Wikipedia article: Sahaj Grover

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 344  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Grover vs I Beradze  1-0542005Wch U10B12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. J Gilbert vs S Grover  1-0372005Hastings Masters opD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
3. S Grover vs C Norregaard  ½-½302006Hastings 2005/06C14 French, Classical
4. S Grover vs C Aditya 1-02120061st ONGC CupC17 French, Winawer, Advance
5. Robson vs S Grover  1-0572006Wch U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. S Grover vs S Megaranto  0-1362007Dubai op 9thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
7. S Grover vs A Kveinys 0-1262008Reykjavik OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. V Vigfusson vs S Grover 0-1212008Reykjavik OpenC45 Scotch Game
9. S Grover vs I Nataf  ½-½812008Reykjavik OpenB32 Sicilian
10. Nyzhnyk vs S Grover  ½-½662008Reykjavik OpenE15 Queen's Indian
11. S Grover vs M Perunovic 0-1212008Reykjavik OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. S Grover vs D Arngrimsson  1-0472008Reykjavik OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
13. Malisauskas vs S Grover  0-1342008Reykjavik OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
14. S Grover vs Robson 1-0452008Reykjavik OpenB27 Sicilian
15. A Ismagambetov vs S Grover  1-0452008Dubai OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Gleizerov vs S Grover  1-0252008Dubai OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. O Almeida Quintana vs S Grover  ½-½512008International Championship of ParisE12 Queen's Indian
18. S Grover vs A Shchekachev  ½-½532008International Championship of ParisB42 Sicilian, Kan
19. K G Shirazi vs S Grover  1-0272008International Championship of ParisB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. S Grover vs F Guilleux  ½-½542008International Championship of ParisB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
21. S Grover vs S Shoker  1-0372008International Championship of ParisB06 Robatsch
22. S Grover vs D Howell  0-1432008World Junior ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
23. E Gurcan vs S Grover 0-1312008World Junior ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
24. S Grover vs G N Gopal  0-1472008World Junior ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
25. A Sirin vs S Grover  1-0412008World Junior ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 344  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-13-08  Resignation Trap: This is Sahaj Grover of India who was born September 7, 1995. He has the distinction of being India's youngest player to ever have a FIDE rating (April 2003): .

In Belfort 2005 he won the World Under-10 Championship: .

Certainly a player to watch!

Jul-02-08  Augalv: I will be GM by year's end: Sahaj


New Delhi

July 2: "I will be a Grand Master by the end of this year," said former under-10 world champion Sahaj Grover, who completed his third and final International Master norm recently, from Paris on Wednesday.

Sahaj is playing in the Paris Championship and has already held two GMs Quintana Omar Almeida and Andrei Shchekachev in the first and second round respectively though he lost to IM Shirazi Kamran in the third round.

Sahaj, 12, completed his third and final International Master norm at the Balatonlelle chess festival in Hungary last week after finishing clear second in a field of six players. Sahaj will be officially be awarded the IM title when he crosses the 2400 ELO rating barrier.

This has been a terrific season for this Delhi lad who completed all three IM norms in a period of seven months, starting with his first norm at the Commonwealth championship here in December and the second norm at the Reykjavik International open tournament at Iceland in March.

Giving credit to his trainer Vishal Sareen, Sahaj said, "It became easier only because of my trainer. He pumped up my confidence and told me to have faith in my abilities."

"Sahaj is developing as a strong player. He possesses a unique style and initiates moves in his opponents. But even then I must say, he needs a lot more nurturing and this healthy trend needs to continue," Sareen, who is accompanying him for the Paris tournament, told this paper on Wednesday.

But Sahaj is unfazed by the praise showered upon him by his trainer. "I think I need to improve on all counts — opening, middle and end games. But my game has become more attacking," Sahaj said.

The youngster who is a student of Class VIII at Kulachi Hansraj Model School feels that Delhi’s chess scenario still needs to improve and parents need to motivate children for playing chess.

"Even though one gets to know about various international tournaments through the net, it’s difficult to convince one’s parents, find sponsors and also get leave from school. I am happy that my parents and school have been very co-operative. They arrange separate classes for me," he said.

Sahaj now plans to take part in the World Junior Championship in October.


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  Tabanus: 18th place and Commonwealth U16 champion 2010:, congratulations!

Nov-13-10  BIDMONFA: Sahaj Grover


Nov-23-10  nescio: Grover is in the lead in Wijk aan Zee with 6.5/8:

The winner will be invited to Group C of the Tata Steel Tournament in January. After today's easy win he is well on his way.

Grover-Blees Cultural Village 2010:
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d3 Bf5 6.h3 e6 7.Qe2 Nbd7 8.Bd2 Bb4 9.g4 Bg6 10.f4 0-0-0 11.a3 c6 12.0-0-0 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Qc7 14.Qf2 Kb8 15.Ne2 Ka8 16.Ng3 Nb6 (??)

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17.Bxf6 1-0. Suddenly the bishop on g6 is lost.

May-03-11  wordfunph: "I will be a Grand Master by the end of this year," said former under-10 world champion Sahaj Grover (in 2008)

maybe this year..

Dec-11-11  indianchessupdates: Grover, the former U-10 World champion's superb run continues this season

After finishing second with a silver medal in 2011 World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad.

He then finished joint second in the Vizag GM open.

Now he has again finished 2nd in the London Fide Open with 7.5 points from 9 games and has earned 15 elo points

He is at his all time live rankings of 2542 elo.

For more on Indian players visit


Aug-13-12  twinlark: Congratulations to Sahaj Grover for gaining his Grandmaster title by picking up his 3rd norm at the World Junior.

Well done, GM Grover!

Sep-15-12  wordfunph: "Every time, we played chess at home, he would shout at us for making a wrong move even when he was just 4."

- Sangeeta Grover (mother of GM Grover)

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  Penguincw: Tough luck for Sahaj Grover, who finished tied with Brunello 9/11 at the Durban Open 2014, but fell 65-62.5 on the 2nd tiebreaker. On the bright side, Grover gained 24.6 points, while Brunello "only" gained 18.4.

However, 96 players, including over 60 players aged 20 or above, participated in this tournament, and only one was able to finish above him. Also worth noting, countrymen Abhijeet Gupta finished half a point behind Gupta at 3rd.

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  GrahamClayton: Grover relocated to South Africa on a full-time basis in January 2018 and is currently studying media and communications at Nelson Mandela University. He recorded consecutive victories in the 2017 and 2018 South Arican Open Championships, as well as consecutive victories in the 2018 and 2019 Boardwalk Pearson tournaments, held in his home town of Port Elizabeth.

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