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Geetha Narayanan Gopal
Number of games in database: 468
Years covered: 2002 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2593 (2523 rapid, 2559 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2604

Overall record: +165 -80 =196 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 27 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (85) 
    B30 B90 B48 B47 B27
 Ruy Lopez (57) 
    C78 C65 C67 C91 C60
 French Defense (27) 
    C03 C07 C05 C11 C09
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B12 B18 B17 B16
 French Tarrasch (19) 
    C03 C07 C05 C09 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (18) 
    C91 C95 C96 C92 C93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (89) 
    B90 B51 B92 B22 B96
 Grunfeld (56) 
    D85 D80 D86 D94 D70
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B90 B92 B96 B93 B94
 English, 1 c4 c5 (20) 
    A34 A32 A36 A30 A35
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A45 D02 A40
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G N Gopal vs D Howell, 2016 1-0
   G N Gopal vs Lenderman, 2008 1-0
   Movsesian vs G N Gopal, 2012 1/2-1/2
   K Abdel Razik vs G N Gopal, 2010 0-1
   M Parligras vs G N Gopal, 2012 0-1
   L Mons vs G N Gopal, 2017 1/2-1/2
   G N Gopal vs D Martinez Martin, 2016 1-0
   T Hillarp Persson vs G N Gopal, 2008 0-1
   G N Gopal vs R Dableo, 2010 1-0
   M Sandu vs G N Gopal, 2009 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   20th OIBM (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2008)
   Indian Premier National A Championship (2009)
   Gibraltar Masters (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2010)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   Biel Master Open (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)
   Kolkata Open (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)

   🏆 Riga Tech Open A
   A Mikaelyan vs G N Gopal (Aug-11-19) 1-0
   G N Gopal vs S Lobanov (Aug-08-19) 1-0
   Chopra Aryan vs G N Gopal (Jul-31-19) 1/2-1/2
   G N Gopal vs A Puranik (Jul-30-19) 1/2-1/2
   K Drozdowski vs G N Gopal (Jul-29-19) 0-1

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(born Mar-29-1989, 33 years old) India

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 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 475  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Kristjansson vs G N Gopal  1-0462002World Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. G N Gopal vs M Perez Candelario  0-1422002World Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
3. G N Gopal vs M Soumitra  1-0452004XLIII WJunC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. L D'Costa vs G N Gopal  1-0452004Wch U20D85 Grunfeld
5. G N Gopal vs M Amanov  ½-½332004Asian-ch U20B54 Sicilian
6. G N Gopal vs B Reefat  ½-½292005Asian Chess ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
7. S Satyapragyan vs G N Gopal  ½-½342005Asian Chess ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. G N Gopal vs M Annaberdiev  0-1382005Asian Chess ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
9. G N Gopal vs A Das  ½-½302005Asian Chess ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. Sengupta vs G N Gopal  0-1582005Asian Chess ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. A Gupta vs G N Gopal  1-0382005Asian Chess ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
12. G N Gopal vs M Mahjoob  ½-½762005Asian Chess ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. G N Gopal vs Nyback 0-1412005World Junior Championship (Boys)B06 Robatsch
14. F Uzun vs G N Gopal  0-1272005World Junior Championship (Boys)D92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
15. G N Gopal vs Wang Yue ½-½272005World Junior Championship (Boys)B30 Sicilian
16. V Laznicka vs G N Gopal  ½-½412005World Junior Championship (Boys)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. G N Gopal vs S Zhigalko 0-1842005World Junior Championship (Boys)B30 Sicilian
18. N Samakov vs G N Gopal  0-1182005World Junior Championship (Boys)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Sengupta vs G N Gopal  ½-½392005World Junior Championship (Boys)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. G N Gopal vs G Grecescu  1-0492005World Junior Championship (Boys)B30 Sicilian
21. M Cornette vs G N Gopal 0-1412005World Junior Championship (Boys)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
22. G N Gopal vs Kharitonov  0-1582005World Junior Championship (Boys)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. T Sanikidze vs G N Gopal  1-0422005World Junior Championship (Boys)A15 English
24. Ganguly vs G N Gopal  ½-½472006New Delhi Parsvnath op 4thB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. G N Gopal vs K Chernyshov  0-1822006New Delhi Parsvnath op 4thB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 475  PGN Download
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Dec-19-08  praddy06: AICF to take action against Gopal

Grandmaster G.N. Gopal’s decision to skip the 46th National ‘A’ chess championship, which got under way at the Karnataka Bank Auditorium here on Wednesday, could prove costly. The All India Chess Federation (AICF) is planning to take disciplinary against the player

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  pawn to QB4: <no player could stay out of the National ‘A’ championship without taking permission from the AICF.

“And no Indian player can play in any tournament abroad without the AICF’s permission either> must say that makes an odd read to me. I can see where they're coming from if he'd agreed to play and now they're a player short; otherwise, sounds like there's a lot more instructing going on here than players normally endure since the Soviet Union went under.

Dec-19-08  praddy06: More about AICF when they were corrupt and iron-handed, dont care abt players like the current FIDE

Jan-10-09  praddy06: Indian GM G.N.Gopal finished a creditable second in the strong 70-player Gjovik 100th anniversary chess tournament at Gjovik, Norway.

He scored 6.5/9 with a rating performance of 2658, against his current rating of 2548, helped Gopal gain 14.60 rating points

Gopal, rated 2548, drew eventual champion Norway’s 18-year-old Jon Ludvig Hammer in the third round, scored over Estonian GM Kulaots Kaido (2556) in the seventh round and drew with GM-trio of top seed Sergei Tiviakov (Netherlands, 2685), Boris Savchenko (Russia, 2648) and Kveinys Aloyzas (Lithuania, 2533).

Mar-13-09  shahjinan:

Poor guy...Hope this ban should be removed from him.....soon.

Mar-13-09  jon01: <"National A championships are mandatory for all Indian players below 2650"> What a rule!

The ban can only remove him from Indian championships. There's no law that he can't participate elsewhere in Fide tournaments.

Mar-15-09  timhortons:

They ban him for a year. Thats ridiculous.A reprimand is ok but to ban him is to much.

Mar-15-09  timhortons:

Can anybody identify if the one in the picture is ganguly or gopal?

I took these pic last canadian open, i forgot to check his name.

Mar-15-09  Andrijadj: This is so stupid...Why didn't they ban Vishy Anand???They know they are powerless against top player,so they choose to show they bureaucratic power on a 19-year old promising player...Pathetic...
Mar-15-09  praddy06: <This is so stupid...Why didn't they ban Vishy Anand???They know they are powerless against top player,so they choose to show they bureaucratic power on a 19-year old promising player...Pathetic...>

Indian National A championships are mandatory for all Indian players rated below 2650. Anand, Sasikiran and Harikrishna are exempted from playing National A since all three are above the cutoff ratings

The punishment is un-warranted since he has already told AICF before the schedule of National A that he will not be available...

But AICF are complaining that one reserve player has lost a place in National A because Gopal did not notify in advance

Whose version is correct will be hard to prove and there will not be a BAN...AICF is just trying to show its authority nothing more.

Mar-15-09  praddy06: < Can anybody identify if the one in the picture is ganguly or gopal? I took these pic last canadian open, i forgot to check his name>

Its Ganguly

Mar-15-09  Dionyseus: Just heard about the ban, what a childish decision.
Mar-15-09  blacksburg: India has the potential to become a chess powerhouse. AICF seems to be trying to stop this from happening. this ban doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
Mar-16-09  Open Defence: to my knowlegde the AICF does not sponsor the players. So on what basis do they make participation in their National events mandatory ?

What if a player falls ill ? Or just wants a break ? Or wants to play in a poker tournament instead ?

Unless the AICF issue player contracts giving guarantees of fees, number of tournaments etc then this unilateral mandate is senseless and immoral

I also think this could be challenged on the grounds of restraint of the right to earn livelihood if the ban extends to any other tournaments

Mar-29-09  Karnatakiaditya: Happy Birthday!!!
Apr-08-09  Eti fan: Good news, they are removing the ban
Apr-11-09  shahjinan:

Anand's Opinion about this ban:)

Jul-23-09  indianchessupdates: G.N.Gopal finished 5th with 7.0/10 in Balaguer International chess tournament at Balaguer, Spain continuing his form from last week where he tied first with 9.0/11 in the Benasque International Open chess title at Benasque, Spain.

Young talent Aditya Udeshi 2287 finished a credible 8th with 6.5/10 and also made his third and final International Master norm Balaguer International chess tournament at Balaguer, Spain.

For more on results on Indian Players visit

Feb-04-10  indianchessupdates: .

8th Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2010
India's Gopal tied for first place with 9 players with 7.5/10 points but finished 8th on lower tie break score

He is on 2599 in live ratings will be the 8th indian if he crosses the 2600 mark

for more visit

Feb-21-10  indianchessupdates: .

After string of good performance in Cappelle-la-Grande, Gibtelecom and World Team Championship. Gopal is on 2603.7 in live ratings and if all three are rated for march rating he will become 8th indian to cross the 2600 mark

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Mar-29-10  wordfunph: i saw GM Gopal played in 2009 Asian Individual Championship in Subic. Let's see if he joins 2010 AIC this April..

happy Birthday GM Gopal!

go India!

May-10-12  shivasuri4: Gopal has struggled with the black pieces so far in the Asian Continental 2012, losing 2 games and drawing one, all against IMs in the rating bracket 2425 to 2495. With 2.5 points out of 5, today he plays GM Nguyen Anh Dung with white in round 6 on board 15.
May-11-12  shivasuri4: After 2 more draws, Gopal is now in the 38th position with 2 rounds to go. In the penultimate (8th) round, he plays Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy, a 2442 rated IM with white. A win now will reduce his losses from this tournament.
Aug-21-12  bharatiy: why is Gopal part of the national team for olympiad? Why not Ganguly or Adhiban or Sandipan there who are rated higher than him. Adhiban is yunger than him with similar rating, if age was consideration. In fact federation should have talked with Humpy and offered her place in Open team.
Feb-03-17  WorstPlayerEver: Also male. Not mentioned.
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