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Surya Shekhar Ganguly
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Number of games in database: 1,983
Years covered: 1991 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2635 (2646 rapid, 2562 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2672
Overall record: +716 -294 =655 (62.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 318 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (339) 
    B90 B92 B32 B33 B84
 Ruy Lopez (95) 
    C67 C91 C78 C80 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (93) 
    B90 B92 B91 B94 B96
 French Defense (80) 
    C11 C10 C18 C07 C12
 Caro-Kann (66) 
    B18 B12 B13 B17 B10
 Giuoco Piano (40) 
    C53 C50
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (108) 
    B47 B48 B40 B33 B90
 Ruy Lopez (99) 
    C78 C77 C65 C70 C67
 French Defense (90) 
    C05 C18 C00 C07 C01
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (72) 
    D27 D20 D26 D24 D29
 Grunfeld (68) 
    D85 D78 D80 D94 D87
 Queen's Pawn Game (64) 
    D02 A45 A46 D05 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ganguly vs A Ismagambetov, 2006 1-0
   Ganguly vs A Smith, 2019 1-0
   Ganguly vs Nakamura, 2006 1-0
   Ganguly vs Spoelman, 2011 1-0
   H Fidaeyee vs Ganguly, 2005 0-1
   A Volokitin vs Ganguly, 2007 0-1
   Carlsen vs Ganguly, 2016 1/2-1/2
   Ganguly vs A Aleksandrov, 2014 1-0
   Kramnik vs Ganguly, 2015 1/2-1/2
   H Mas vs Ganguly, 1991 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015)
   Asian Championship (2001)
   Indian Championship (2002)
   Indian Championship (2003)
   43rd Indian Championship (2006)
   MPL Indian Chess Tour #1 (2022)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   Lindores Abbey Tal Mem (2021)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2017)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   KID Fianchetto by ISeth

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   Ganguly vs R Svane (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz
   Ganguly vs B Haldorsen (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   Brunello vs Ganguly (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   Ganguly vs P Idani (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   A Uskov vs Ganguly (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz

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(born Feb-24-1983, 40 years old) India

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Surya Shekhar Ganguly was born on the 24th of February 1983. A native of Kolkata, India, Ganguly earned the GM title in 2003 and went on to capture the Indian National Championship five consecutive times, from 2004 to 2008. He took part in the World Cup (2005), eliminating Hikaru Nakamura in the first round before losing to Levan Pantsulaia in rapid tie-breaks. Ganguly also served as a second to World Champion Viswanathan Anand in the Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008). Was =2nd at the 10th Edmonton International (2015). His finish on the leader board of the Asian Continental Championship 2015 qualified him to play in the World Cup (2015) where he lost in the first round to young Russian GM Vladislav Artemiev and was therefore eliminated from the Cup.

Wikipedia article: Sourav Ganguly

Last updated: 2022-08-08 04:38:04

 page 1 of 80; games 1-25 of 1,983  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ganguly vs A Whatley  1-0341991Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
2. Ganguly vs M Szelag  1-0441991Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
3. J Riff vs Ganguly  0-1381991Wch U10A48 King's Indian
4. T Zumtobel vs Ganguly  1-0411991Wch U10C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
5. Ganguly vs Pawel Soltysik  1-0441991Wch U10D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
6. F Vallejo Pons vs Ganguly  1-0271991Wch U10C46 Three Knights
7. M Al Sayed vs Ganguly  0-1161991Wch U10A16 English
8. Ganguly vs A Leroy  ½-½351991Wch U10B33 Sicilian
9. Ganguly vs L Vajda  ½-½471991Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
10. N F Nur vs Ganguly  0-1381991Wch U10C70 Ruy Lopez
11. H Mas vs Ganguly 0-1391991Wch U10C59 Two Knights
12. L Hua vs Ganguly  1-0521992Wch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Ganguly vs P Vavrak  1-0291992Wch U10C07 French, Tarrasch
14. Ganguly vs S Kuliev  0-1371992Wch U10A06 Reti Opening
15. N Das vs Ganguly  0-1211992Wch U10C55 Two Knights Defense
16. Ganguly vs Grischuk  ½-½701992Wch U10E68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
17. Ganguly vs Bacrot  ½-½601992Wch U10B01 Scandinavian
18. Ganguly vs McShane  ½-½221992Wch U10E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. L Aronov vs Ganguly  ½-½411992Wch U10C55 Two Knights Defense
20. J Ortega Ruiz vs Ganguly  0-1331992Wch U10D87 Grunfeld, Exchange
21. Ganguly vs A Reyes Sierra  1-0191992Wch U10D06 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. F Vallejo Pons vs Ganguly  0-1321992Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
23. Ganguly vs D Mastrovasilis  1-0731993Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
24. S Kuliev vs Ganguly  1-0391993Wch U10D93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
25. Jakovenko vs Ganguly  0-1211993Wch U10C70 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 80; games 1-25 of 1,983  PGN Download
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  Stonehenge: Yups:

Correction submitted.

Mar-12-10  wordfunph: now it's officially Shekhar..

thanks <Stone>..

Jan-17-12  BadKnight: His first name, in native language, should be pronounced Shurjo, as in Shoor-Joe.
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  Richard Taylor: I played in simul against Ganguly yesterday. I didn't realise he played the Najdorf himself and played it (I didn't research his games at all but I wouldn't have mattered as of course he played a variety of starting moves; and I wou still have played the Najdorf..);I went wrong on move 8 but he didn't take advantage of it (I think he wanted to see how I would play the "mainline"...maybe, I mean to "practice the mainline, or maybe he thought I found a TN!)), got a better position (thinking in fact I was not better!) but then I stuffed up by sacrificing my knight in the wrong place. Then when I was losing I thought I was better!

One of my fellow Club members (Keith Ward ACC, Auckland, NZ) beat him with a great Botvinnik Stonewall Dutch and a nice game. NZ Chess Fed. President Paul Spiller confirm he is soon off to Germany to assist Anand prepare.

I wonder if they do (how much?) prep. of 1 e4 in case 1 d4 etc doesn't work out so well?

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  Richard Taylor: Very nice fellow he seemed.
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  Benzol: <Richard> He's giving a simul tonight at HPCC.
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  Richard Taylor: Yes, I played again as you know now. I put that game through Fritz also, and again I missed ways to get a good game but allowed him to get Q right on e5 when I nearly resigned. Then I came back into the game and in the last 10 moves or so I could have drawn. It is hard when you don't feel like using to much time working moves out in a simul, so I made errors when I moved immediately he arrived at the board, mostly.

As you saw we analysed my game on Monday and the positions arising (had I played what I wanted to play) were quite fascinating. He in fact said it was "very complex". (Note his comment! And the frenzied way he writhed to find a denfence to his position!!)) He was keen to analyse the complex positions arising in the (that variation of) Najdorf but was noncommittal about how they are going to handle things if they decide to face Gelfand's Najdorf! He clearly will recall every detail of my game and, and my ingenious moves we played tonight, and the complex and beautiful ideas, pass the info onto the world champion.

I say this with deep modesty...Paul said he hadn't had dinner, but my bet is, my certainty in fact is, that he will spend all tonight without sleep analysing and delving into the ideas (sparking, scintillating, excruciating?!!??) he saw generated by my brilliant insights and fabulous flights of my own genius (and some of his own) into the attack-combinations etc It will torment and amaze him for years.

I expect in fact (I have absolutely no doubt on this matter in fact) that this encounter with me will change the course of Chess history forever.

{Picture this contrast - Ewen Green was there, but all he did was to bring some tea. Pathetic! He took no interest in my amazing ideas and my game. But I, I, I had a vital Appointment with Fate.

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  Benzol: <Richard> It will be very interesting to see if any ideas expressed earlier this evening will feature in any Anand - Gelfand games in the forthcoming match. That position is full of possibilities and I noticed that even a GM could get lost in the labyrinthine variations that exist within it.

GM Ganguly seems a nice guy btw. I hope he enjoyed his time in our country.

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  Richard Taylor: Yes, joking aside, he was a nice fellow. be (very) funny if the was game with that variation in it! Be unlikely as I think Anand will stick to 1 d4. Or even if he essays 1 e4 it will be the English - so called -of eth Najdorf. His strategy might be to take on Gelfand head on but I think he will just allow his natural calculating ability to prevail.

Hard to predict the outcome. Gelfand could pull it of but Anand is more likely on rating etc but no one can tell with these things. I see that Aronian is playing some really great games just now. Pity he and Anand aren't paired.

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Cheers! At the end of my game or near the end I my position was easily drawn but when he turned up at the board I tended to move immediately without asking him to pass so I made errors and lost. In fact after being in (very) bad (probably lost at one stage) middle game I broke through with small combo (it involved a possible piece sac he had to decline) and was threatening almost to win at one a stage!

Earlier I set a trap for him which would have won, but he saw it!!

But the pearler was Keith Ward's really great win over Ganguly at the ACC! It was like a GM game by Capablanca and Tal in consultation!! He ripped the GM apart!! Even Ewen (not given to uncalled for praise of any kind!) said he had uncorked a 2600 game!!

Keith the giant killer!!

In the past he's beaten Steadman, Watson and Gino and many others.. hes doesn't play in tourneys so he catches the unwary out!! He's probably beaten Sarapu, but he wouldn't tell you...He's dangerous as he just plays for the shear joy of it, but he also often plays badly, as he plays very quickly all the time as he wants to to go out for smoke! Good "old" Keith!

Anyway - Michael Steadman is the new Numero Uno!!

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Ganguly!
Oct-15-12  sorrowstealer: its unfortunate that some IM manage to get a picture here but a 2650+ rated GM dont have.
Oct-19-12  shivasuri4: Ganguly finished 3rd on tiebreaks in the Indonesia Open, which concluded the day before yesterday. Yu Yangyi and Li Chao finished first and second. Hilarious that the following Chessbase report claims that Ganguly is Indonesian!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Surya Ganguly for his performance at the Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015). Entering as the 6th seed, he scored 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3). A last round win against Wang Hao (who he had never beaten before) propelled him to a 3-way share of 1st (but behind Short on tiebreaks).

Rating wise, he gained 7.5 points to move from 2619 to 2627.

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  Penguincw: Surya Shekhar Ganguly is edged on tiebreaks by Saleh for first at the Asian Continental Championship (both men finished with 7/9), but Ganguly still qualifies for the 2015 World Cup!
Nov-19-15  FICSwoodpusher: Does anyone know where I can find the following game (I only know the opening moves)

S.Ganguly-Reefat bin Sattar, Sri Lanka 2001

1 e4 e5 2 a3 Nf6 3 Nc3 d5 4 exd5 Nxd5 5 Qh5 Qd6 6 Nf3 Nxc3 7 dxc3 Nd7 8 Bg5 g6 9 Qh4 f6 10 Be3 Bg7 11 Rd1

Nov-19-15  FICSwoodpusher: Nevermind, I found it here.

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Ganguly for winning the Bangkok Open on tiebreaks.

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  Penguincw: < "Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Aravindh Chithambaram led PSPB challenge winning four out of eight games to finish with 17/18 to win the 39th National Team Chess Championship crown." >

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  WTHarvey: Here are some mates and combinations from GM Ganguly's games: Find the winning moves.
Oct-15-19  Kapmigs: The best of luck to you sir!
Oct-16-19  wordfunph: so - ganguly

go India!

Oct-17-19  Pulo y Gata: Wesley So's fans think he will win all his remaining games and qualify for the candidates.

For their sake, please don't laugh

Apr-27-20  wordfunph: from NICM 2020 #2..

<NICM: What would people be surprised to know about you?

GM Ganguly: I can do decent magic and play at least 50 other board games.>

Aug-18-21  Albertan: Thé GM’s best game:

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