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Sarin Nihal
Number of games in database: 286
Years covered: 2014 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2551 (2127 rapid, 2488 blitz)

Overall record: +86 -50 =104 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 46 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D02 A45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D37 D39 D35 D38 D30
 King's Indian (12) 
    E94 E97 E73 E60 E63
 Sicilian (7) 
    B92 B25 B31 B40 B90
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D80 D85 D86 D79
 Reti System (7) 
    A06 A04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B90 B23 B31 B32 B30
 French Defense (11) 
    C07 C05 C02 C18 C17
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D02 A45 E00 A41 E10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D39 D31 D35 D37
 Catalan (9) 
    E04 E06
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C67 C84 C63 C78 C65
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sarin Nihal vs E Safarli, 2019 1-0
   Sarin Nihal vs E H Jensson, 2017 1-0
   Jobava vs Sarin Nihal, 2019 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Asian Continental (2019)
   Rilton Cup 2017/18 (2017)
   Sharjah Masters (2019)
   World Cadets U12 (2016)
   17th Aeroflot Open (Group A) (2019)
   Rilton Cup 2016/17 (2016)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2016)
   Isle of Man Masters (2018)
   Isle of Man Masters (2017)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   MetLife Warsaw Najdorf Chess Festival (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2018)

   🏆 Isle of Man Grand Swiss
   V Zvjaginsev vs Sarin Nihal (Oct-21-19) 1-0
   G Jones vs Sarin Nihal (Oct-20-19) 1/2-1/2
   Sarin Nihal vs M Chigaev (Oct-19-19) 0-1
   Ganguly vs Sarin Nihal (Oct-18-19) 1/2-1/2
   Sarin Nihal vs Bacrot (Oct-17-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-13-2004, 15 years old) India

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Grandmaster (2018).

Candidate Master (2014); FIDE Master (2015); International Master (2017); World U10 Champion (2014).

Equal first (silver on tiebreak behind Mahammad Muradli) at the World U12 Championship 2015 in Halkidiki, with a score of 9/11.

At the 2016 WYCC (U12 cadet's section), Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Andrew Z Hong and Vincent Keymer and he all tied (behind Nikhil Kumar who won) with scores of 8.5/11. He scored 5.5 points in seven played games at the WYCO(2) in 2017.

References / Sources (2016 U 12 Cadet's), (2) (played for India's green team here), Wikipedia article: Nihal Sarin

Last updated: 2019-02-23 13:54:12

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 286  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sarin Nihal vs J Westerberg  1-0162014World Junior ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. T Kriebel vs Sarin Nihal ½-½652014World Junior ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
3. Sarin Nihal vs Balazs Csonka  ½-½442014World Junior ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. S Gagare vs Sarin Nihal  1-0252014World Junior ChampionshipA36 English
5. Sarin Nihal vs B Ider  0-1462014World Junior ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. P Patil vs Sarin Nihal  ½-½372014World Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Sarin Nihal vs U Nasanjargal  0-1272014World Junior ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. G Kumar vs Sarin Nihal  ½-½352014World Junior ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
9. Sarin Nihal vs Y Grahesh  1-0572014World Junior ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
10. M Sidhant vs Sarin Nihal  ½-½902014World Junior ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
11. Sarin Nihal vs N Cabarkapa  0-1532014World Junior ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. Atharva Godbole vs Sarin Nihal  ½-½262014World Junior ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
13. Sarin Nihal vs Minul Sanjula Doluweera  0-1352014World Junior ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Staffan Thomasson vs Sarin Nihal  0-1342016Hasselbacken OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
15. Sarin Nihal vs G Luna  1-0442016Hasselbacken OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. S Mareco vs Sarin Nihal  1-0602016Hasselbacken OpenA33 English, Symmetrical
17. Sarin Nihal vs B Adler 1-0122016Hasselbacken OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
18. D Ronneland vs Sarin Nihal  1-0622016Hasselbacken OpenE92 King's Indian
19. Sarin Nihal vs M Wecker  1-0472016Hasselbacken OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. J Lundvik vs Sarin Nihal  ½-½352016Hasselbacken OpenE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
21. Sarin Nihal vs A Brzezinski 1-0292016Hasselbacken OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
22. Rozentalis vs Sarin Nihal 0-1632016Hasselbacken OpenB53 Sicilian
23. Szymon Palucha vs Sarin Nihal  0-1572016World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Sarin Nihal vs Yinglun Xu  ½-½392016World Junior ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
25. Sarin Nihal vs R Svane  0-1892016World Junior ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 286  PGN Download
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  wordfunph: GM in 2017.
Oct-09-14  ragtag: The rug rat who never sits!
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  wordfunph: <ragtag> +100! :)
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  alexmagnus: See he has 2/4 at the World Juniors now.

2030 WC match Nihal-Praggnanandhaa? :D

Oct-20-14  fisayo123: So does he have the FM title now?
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Nov-06-15  BIDMONFA: Sarin Nihal

NIHAL, Sarin

Jun-03-16  fisayo123: This kid is a just as talented as Praggnanandhaa. He has such a pure and defined style for someone so young. Watch out for him.
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  alexmagnus: He is one year older than Praggnanandhaa and is about equally rated (and always was, apparently). So, there is a one year lag. But at this age it can matter nothing, we all remember how the Carlsen-Karjakin comparison developed over time :D
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  PhilFeeley: New notable game:

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  whiteshark: Nihal Sarin, 11, is one of India’s brightest young stars. In this game, he displays an intuitive sense that it usually takes many years to develop.

Nihal Sarin is 11 years old and one of the biggest young talents in Indian chess. ... In the Hasselbacken Open in Sweden in early May, he scored a nice win over grandmaseter Eduardas Rozentalis of Lithuania Rozentalis vs Sarin Nihal, 2016 , but I was even more impressed by the following game against Adam Brzezinski of Sweden. Sarin Nihal vs A Brzezinski, 2016 Though both players missed some tactical tricks near the end, Sarin showed a great intuitive feel for the initiative.


Jun-21-17  todicav23: He is almost 13 years old and his elo is 2454. At 12.5 years old Judith Polgar was 2555 (in top 50 in the world at the time) and that was in 1989!

Don't get wrong, his achievements are very impressive. But he still needs to work very hard to get to the top.

Jul-02-17  fisayo123: <todicav23> Bit of a nonsensical kibitz. What was Carlsen's rating at the same age? I'm not sure it was above 2400. So your post makes no sense.
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  Tabanus: Good result at Northern Lights Open 2017 in Iceland (, but no GM norm.
Dec-04-17  Mirovsk: <fisayo123> at 12 years and 10 months Carlsen elo was 2450.... see <>
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  whiteshark: In-depth analysis of this <2017 London Chess Classic Open> games: (in German) <, but no GM norm>, again.
Dec-20-17  todicav23: <fisayo123: <todicav23> Bit of a nonsensical kibitz. What was Carlsen's rating at the same age? I'm not sure it was above 2400. So your post makes no sense.>

How exactly does it not make sense? At 12.5 years old Judith Polgar was 2555. This is just a fact. And to get to the top you need to work very hard.

Dec-21-17  Chess Is More: <todicav23> It was a good post. Not nonsensical at all in my opinion. This kid's still got quite a long way to go, that's for sure.
Dec-21-17  Chess Is More: By the way, Carlsen's rating at age 13 was around 2500.
Aug-23-18  siamesedream:
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  Dionysius1: Nihal's a GM as of last Autumn. I don't know if someone specific looks after his bio but...
Jan-18-19  gokusano: Rating is unreliable when some specific variants are involve. Anyway, ratings of top players and soon to be top players are almost close to being equal in their same age level of development. It is their ascend to the top which will give us kibitzers some satisfaction. And there are many promising youngsters from USA, India, Iran, China, and Russia who are about to challenge those elite of today.
May-05-19  Nisjesram: <The youngest chess player to have crossed 2600 is John Burke from USA. But somehow his achievement cannot really be taken seriously as he jumped from 2258 in July 2015 to 2603 in August 2015 with a k-factor of 40. The actual youngest player in the history of the game to have crossed 2600 is Wei Yi who did it at the age of 14 years, 4 months and 30 days. Nihal Sarin is the second youngest player to have crossed 2600 at the age of 14 years and 10 months>


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  mckmac: Nihal Sarin playing well at the FIDE World Cup. His reported 100k per year sponsorship by an organic milk company is great news for him.

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