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Vivek Rao
Number of games in database: 29
Years covered: 1972 to 1994
Last FIDE rating: 2435

Overall record: +5 -16 =6 (29.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B89 B22 B77 B68 B25
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(born Oct-09-1970, 50 years old) United States of America

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Vivek Rao, the 1986 National High School co-champion and 1987 National High School champion, attended Harvard and helped them win three Pan-American intercollegiate championships (1988, 1989, 1990) and helped the University of Illinois win the 1991 Pan-Am. He was awarded the IM title in 1993. He has a Ph.D. in physics (condensed matter theory) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 29  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Rao vs Gill 0-181972CincinnatiB20 Sicilian
2. V Rao vs I Gurevich  ½-½261986USA-ch U18E91 King's Indian
3. Sherzer vs V Rao  1-0281986New York opB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Joel Benjamin vs V Rao  1-04619864th Midwest Masters InvitationalE61 King's Indian
5. V Rao vs D Gurevich  0-14519864th Midwest Masters InvitationalA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
6. V Rao vs D M Lees 0-142198614th World OpenD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. V Rao vs C R Harmon  1-037198788th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
8. Alburt vs V Rao  ½-½35198788th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
9. Browne vs V Rao 1-044198788th US OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
10. R Kelson vs V Rao  1-033198788th US OpenB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
11. V Rao vs I Ivanov  0-144198816th World OpenE15 Queen's Indian
12. L Christiansen vs V Rao  1-034198816th World OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
13. Deep Thought vs V Rao 1-0401988PittsburghB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. V Rao vs Kasparov 0-1511988Clock simul, 6bD97 Grunfeld, Russian
15. F Frenkel vs V Rao  0-139198889th US OpenC02 French, Advance
16. Smagin vs V Rao 1-028198917th World OpenB50 Sicilian
17. Kasparov vs V Rao 1-0321989Simul, 8bA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. V Rao vs Kamsky 1-0731991ChicagoD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
19. Kamsky vs V Rao  1-042199119th World OpenB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. V Rao vs Gulko  ½-½56199119th World OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
21. Yermolinsky vs V Rao  ½-½54199220th World OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. V Rao vs Psakhis  ½-½68199220th World OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
23. Wolff vs V Rao  1-044199220th World OpenB89 Sicilian
24. V Rao vs Kudrin  ½-½18199220th World OpenD85 Grunfeld
25. V Rao vs Shabalov  0-140199321st World OpenA60 Benoni Defense
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  technical draw: Could someone provide a BIo, pls.
Oct-24-06  Resignation Trap: <technical draw> Here is a good start: .
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  technical draw: Thanks <RT>.....
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  technical draw: Not many comments about Rao. Since he quit chess to work for GAO in Goa he's been MIA. Or maybe he's following the doctrines of Mao? Who knows? (No he's not training boas in Laos.)
Apr-24-09  AnalyzeThis: The think about Rao was that he was known for an encyclopedic knowledge of the openings.... he had a tremendous amount of stuff memorized in the openings.
Mar-05-11  I play the Fred: Judge Judy is on right now, and there is a young man, 17-20 years old, by the name of Vivek Rao testifying for the defense.

Does the Vivek Rao on this page have a son by the same name?

Oct-16-12  WinchesterChessClub: IM Vivek Rao will once again play a simultaneous exhibition against club members in Winchester MA on Oct 26, 2012. See for information. He does not have a son of the same name.
May-24-16  Caissanist: After stepping away from competitive chess, Rao got a job as a quant in a derivatives firm, per Business INsider: .
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  perfidious: Lot of familiar names from my past in that link.

About the last time I saw Vivek, he was first board for the Harvard side in a Boston Met league match in the 1988-89 season, losing to Colm Daly, while I lost to Dan Edelman on board two.

May-25-16  Howard: Whatever became to Edelman, anyway?

How about Alex Sherzer ? He was a doctor, the last I heard.

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