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Baskaran Adhiban
B Adhiban 
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Number of games in database: 894
Years covered: 2006 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2659 (2624 rapid, 2631 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2689

Overall record: +247 -107 =289 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 251 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (74) 
    B23 B90 B22 B97 B25
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C67 C95 C72 C78 C68
 Queen's Gambit Declined (26) 
    D37 D31 D38 D35 D30
 Slav (22) 
    D15 D16 D10 D17 D18
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    E00 D02 E10 A46 D00
 English (21) 
    A13 A15 A18 A14 A16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (86) 
    B90 B51 B48 B30 B27
 King's Indian (44) 
    E97 E67 E94 E60 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    A45 A46 D02 A40 E10
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C78 C77 C92 C89 C72
 Semi-Slav (26) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B90 B94 B91 B96 B92
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Adhiban vs Dreev, 2016 1-0
   B Adhiban vs L Wu, 2019 1-0
   B Adhiban vs D Andreikin, 2017 1-0
   B Adhiban vs Wei Yi, 2015 1-0
   Carlsen vs B Adhiban, 2017 1/2-1/2
   Karjakin vs B Adhiban, 2017 0-1
   B Adhiban vs Eljanov, 2017 1-0
   B Adhiban vs E Alekseev, 2013 1-0
   B Adhiban vs S Minero Pineda, 2016 1-0
   B Adhiban vs Albornoz Cabrera, 2019 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Indian Premier National A Championship (2009)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2016)
   Tata Steel Group C (2012)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   World Team Championship (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)
   Chessable Masters (2021)
   Nakhchivan Open (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   World Cup (2021)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 Dubai Open
   Shrivatri Anuj vs B Adhiban (Jun-04-23) 1-0
   B Adhiban vs A Mittal (Jun-03-23) 1/2-1/2
   J Vakhidov vs B Adhiban (Jun-02-23) 1-0
   B Adhiban vs M Karthikeyan (Jun-01-23) 1/2-1/2
   B Adhiban vs Indjic (May-31-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-15-1992, 30 years old) India

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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. He was again selected in 2017 for the World Cup by nomination of FIDE(5).

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 Tromsø, 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); (5)


Wikipedia article: Baskaran Adhiban

Last updated: 2017-07-25 12:45:21

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,030  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Adhiban vs G Margvelashvili  ½-½472006Olympiad U16 11thE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
2. L Bregadze vs B Adhiban  ½-½482006Wch U14A50 Queen's Pawn Game
3. B Adhiban vs I K Sukandar  1-0292007World ol U16 12thB25 Sicilian, Closed
4. So vs B Adhiban 1-0722008World Youth U-16 Chess OlympiadC28 Vienna Game
5. B Adhiban vs G V Wijesuriya  1-0322008Commonwealth ChampionshipB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
6. M Vinoth Kumar vs B Adhiban  1-0282008Commonwealth ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
7. B Adhiban vs R Deepthamsh  1-0402008Commonwealth ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. S Gurpreet vs B Adhiban  ½-½462008Commonwealth ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
9. B Adhiban vs E P Nirmal  1-0302008Commonwealth ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
10. J Ophoff vs B Adhiban  ½-½312008Commonwealth ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. T Purushothaman vs B Adhiban  0-1302008Commonwealth ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
12. B Adhiban vs N Das  0-1502008Commonwealth ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. C Praveen Kumar vs B Adhiban  1-0352008Commonwealth ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. B Adhiban vs R R Ankit  1-0372008Commonwealth ChampionshipB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
15. E Forato vs B Adhiban 0-1232008Open 16-wyccC53 Giuoco Piano
16. B Adhiban vs S Soors  1-0422008Open 16-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
17. L Mai vs B Adhiban  0-1672008Open 16-wyccC53 Giuoco Piano
18. B Adhiban vs K Priyadharshan  ½-½602008Open 16-wyccC67 Ruy Lopez
19. J Jorczik vs B Adhiban 0-1252008Open 16-wyccD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. B Adhiban vs D Debashis  ½-½232008Open 16-wyccB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. A Gritsenko vs B Adhiban  0-1502008Open 16-wyccB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. B Adhiban vs S P Sethuraman  1-0382008Open 16-wyccC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
23. Shimanov vs B Adhiban  ½-½742008Open 16-wyccD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. B Adhiban vs V Durarbayli  1-0472008Open 16-wyccB30 Sicilian
25. B Adhiban vs E Hansen ½-½232008Open 16-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
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  PawnSac: < 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 >

Yes he is a sharp tactician and creative. When he smooths out some of the bumps in the road i expect we will see him climb up the list. But the only game between Peter and Bask in the database..

Baskaran Adhiban vs Peter Svidler
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) · Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85) · 1/2-1/2 a draw. Was Peter thinking of someone else? hmmm. will have to do some investigation.

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  ketchuplover: Down goes Karjakin!
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  ketchuplover: First French for Adhiban!
Jan-20-17  JASAHA: I think Svidler was probably thinking of Harikrishna vs Svidler, 2008 Here he lost in 27 moves.
Jan-22-17  jith1207: Chessgames does not have whole lot of games in, even as they are doing a tremendous job, especially as of late. If Svidler talks like that, he probably is not talking about a different person. Time to check out other chess databases.

But among Aadhiban's miniatures, my favourite is the one he won in 20 moves against Wei Yi.

Jan-22-17  batongol:

Nice one Adhi!

Jan-22-17  fisayo123: Well done Baskaran!
Jan-22-17  sonia91: <Well done Baskaran!> Actually, according to Tamil naming conventions, Baskaran is his father's name :)
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  tamar: Not easy to prepare against Adhiban. A French for the first time, a King's Gambit and a Vienna.
Jan-28-17  Conrad93: He's gained 23 points and jumped up 36 places. Adhiban is doing pretty well.
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  SteinitzLives: A Kings gambit w/ white that draws against So, a Scandinavian w/ black that draws against Carlsen, the ghosts of Bronstein and Larsen smile down on him.
Jan-31-17  Chessinfinite: Great show by Adhiban at Tata Chess!. Congrats on a strong performance at the big stage.. Looking forward to more good games.
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  Penguincw: Adhiban will be leading India at the World Team Chess Championship.

Mar-11-19  jith1207: And, 5 rounds into the World Team championship, Adhiban reached the 2700 club for his first time, gaining 17.5 points so far in the tournament.

The rating might fluctuate for a while, but for time being he becomes 4th Indian chess grand master to be featured in 2700 club at the same time, which is also the first time for the country.

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  offramp: He was spotted wearing a watch (analogue) during the National Teams Chess Championships in Ahmedabad, India.

His opponent, C R G Krishna, pointed it out and Baskaran Adhiban forfeited the game.


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  OhioChessFan: Where was the captain?
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <His opponent, C R G Krishna, pointed it out and Baskaran Adhiban forfeited the game.>

Did he actually see the watch or only hear it second hand?

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Feb-15-20  Sally Simpson: ***

What a miserable way to claim a win. Running to a jobs worth because an opponent is wearing a watch.

How can you look an opponent in the eye after stealing a win in such a way. Honestly I would have leaned across the board and said you may get into trouble if someone spots you wearing a watch.

(Or sac my entire chess and one move from being mated point to their watch and offer a draw.)

Examine the watch and give a warning perhaps with a time pemalty(!) was the sensible option.

I had good watch once. Dust Proof, Rust Proof, Water Proof and Shock Proof.

It caught on fire!


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  OhioChessFan: I would never shake hands or speak to the other person again.
May-02-20  wordfunph: i read from New In Chess Magazine that his moniker is "The Beast"..
May-11-21  cro777: Anand called him "The Beast".

"The nickname is very apt for two reasons, his game remains very difficult to read and the other is, his fearless drive to win."

May-11-21  cro777: Adhiban qualified to the Champions Chess Tour.

In the Indian Qualifier of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, Adhiban lost the finals to Erigaisi by 2.5-3.5. Both of them qualified to the Champions Chess Tour.

Adhiban was the highest rated player in the 16-player fray where everyone was fighting for the top two spots.

“I’m just so happy, because I’ve been waiting for almost a year to get this chance!” (Adhiban)

The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour is a 10-month long series of 10 online chess tournaments featuring the world's top players.

May-11-21  supy: I wish we could forget about these online tournaments and move OTB
Jun-17-21  ulyssesganesh: no.... i think still it is Adhiban only ... remember Gibralter is an individual swiss event .. not a team one..
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