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Krishnan Sasikiran
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Number of games in database: 2,129
Years covered: 1995 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2647 (2577 rapid, 2552 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2720

Overall record: +813 -281 =740 (64.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 295 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (114) 
    E32 E30 E21 E20 E39
 Slav (102) 
    D11 D15 D12 D10 D17
 Semi-Slav (83) 
    D45 D44 D47 D49 D43
 King's Indian (77) 
    E92 E80 E60 E81 E94
 Queen's Pawn Game (69) 
    A46 E00 A40 A41 E10
 Sicilian (64) 
    B90 B30 B92 B48 B72
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (179) 
    B90 B80 B23 B51 B81
 Ruy Lopez (165) 
    C95 C77 C78 C92 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (107) 
    C95 C92 C84 C91 C99
 King's Indian (86) 
    E97 E92 E67 E60 E76
 Grunfeld (66) 
    D85 D78 D80 D91 D92
 Slav (55) 
    D12 D11 D15 D17 D10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sasikiran vs Krasenkow, 2004 1-0
   Nakamura vs Sasikiran, 2005 0-1
   Sasikiran vs C Hansen, 2005 1-0
   Sasikiran vs Anand, 2002 1-0
   Sasikiran vs S D Swapnil, 2017 1-0
   Sasikiran vs D Rombaldoni, 2006 1-0
   Sasikiran vs Kasimdzhanov, 2006 1-0
   M Meinhardt vs Sasikiran, 2007 0-1
   Sasikiran vs V Laznicka, 2011 1-0
   Sasikiran vs E Berg, 2008 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Indian Championship (1999)
   Indian Championship (2001)
   Indian Championship (2002)
   Indian Championship (2003)
   Corsica Masters Open (2011)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   British Championship (2002)
   Asia Classical 15th (2006)
   Bastia Open (2005)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2006)
   World Junior Championship (2000)
   British Championship (1999)
   Lindores Abbey Tal Mem (2021)

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

   🏆 50th Rilton Cup
   Sasikiran vs E Park (Jan-05-23) 1-0
   Amit Doshi Moksh vs Sasikiran (Jan-04-23) 1-0
   Sasikiran vs Petursson (Jan-03-23) 1/2-1/2
   Vuppala Prraneeth vs Sasikiran (Jan-02-23) 1/2-1/2
   Sasikiran vs A Alonso Garcia (Dec-31-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-07-1981, 42 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 Open (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 Championship (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 Tromso Olympiad (2014) in Tromsø, 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 Tromso Olympiad (2014) played in Tromsø, his 7.5/10 being instrumental in helping his team to win the bronze medal.

At the Sunway Sitges Open (2018) he tied for first with, Dmitry Andreikin, Aleksandar Indjic, and Ernesto Inarkiev

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Wikipedia article: Krishnan Sasikiran

Last updated: 2022-01-07 02:11:22

 page 1 of 85; games 1-25 of 2,123  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sasikiran vs Batchim Tuvshintugs  ½-½431995Asia-ch U20D29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
2. Abdullah Abdul Rahman vs Sasikiran  ½-½321995Asia-ch U20B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. Sasikiran vs A Mallahi  1-0601995Asia-ch U20A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
4. M Mohebbi vs Sasikiran  0-1331995Asia-ch U20C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
5. Sasikiran vs M Toosi  1-0291995Asia-ch U20D49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
6. B Annaberdyev vs Sasikiran  ½-½611995Asia-ch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
7. Timur Tastambekov vs Sasikiran  0-1381995Asia-ch U20D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. B Socko vs Sasikiran  1-0311995Wch U18B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
9. S Krstevski vs Sasikiran  0-1401995Wch U18C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Sasikiran vs M Krakops  ½-½231995Wch U18E92 King's Indian
11. I Shliperman vs Sasikiran  0-1431995Wch U18C77 Ruy Lopez
12. F Peralta vs Sasikiran  0-1601995Wch U18E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
13. Sasikiran vs N Ibraev  ½-½511995Wch U18A67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
14. S Zemelianoi vs Sasikiran  ½-½261995Asia-ch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
15. Sasikiran vs R Ruck  ½-½441995Wch U18D97 Grunfeld, Russian
16. Sasikiran vs S Granara Barreto  1-0341995Wch U18A59 Benko Gambit
17. Sasikiran vs O Salmensuu  ½-½701995Wch U18A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
18. Sasikiran vs G Vescovi  1-0331995Wch U18D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. T Oral vs Sasikiran 1-0311995Wch U18B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. R Shetty vs Sasikiran  1-0601996IND-chB 34thC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Sasikiran vs G Singh  1-0301996IND-chB 34thE91 King's Indian
22. V Saravanan vs Sasikiran  ½-½101997Goodricke op 8thA07 King's Indian Attack
23. N Davies vs Sasikiran  1-0401997Goodricke op 8thE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Sasikiran vs N Babu  ½-½461997Goodricke op 8thA81 Dutch
25. Sasikiran vs A Kunte  1-0401997Goodricke op 8thE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
 page 1 of 85; games 1-25 of 2,123  PGN Download
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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!
Jan-07-11  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.

Feb-24-19  sonia91: <Aeroflot Open: Sasikiran still supreme>
Jan-08-22  Albertan: Sasikiran has a Twitter channel at:

Jan-08-22  Albertan: Thé GM has a puzzle page at:

After you try to solve the puzzle,click on the Chessboard to see the answer to the puzzle.

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  Messiah: Third consecutive day of being the POTD! Excellent achievement!
Apr-17-22  Albertan: He won the 2022 Fagernes Chess International GM tournament on a tie-break over GM Chopra Aryan.Both players scored 7/9:

Apr-18-22  Albertan: Sasikiran beats Donchenko to clinch Fagernes Open:

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