Born: 7 January 1981
He is an Indian chess grandmaster.
He was one of Viswanathan Anand’s seconds in the World Chess Championship 2013.
He won the Indian Chess Championship for the first time in 1999 and won it again in 2002, 2003 and 2013. In 1999 he also won the Asian Junior Chess Championship in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam.
He completed the requirements for the Grandmaster title at the 2000 Commonwealth Championship.
He won a gold medal in the 2006 Asian Games’ team event. Tamil Nadugovernment presented a cheque of Rs 20 Lacs as appreciation for his success.
He was also bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 2002. In the January 2007 FIDE rating list, he was ranked number 21 in the world with an Elo rating of 2700.
He became only the second chess player from India to reach Elo rating of 2700.
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