Chess in India

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Chess in India
Governing bodyAll India Chess Federation

Chess has risen in popularity in India in the last few decades primarily due to chess Grandmaster and former 5-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand.

It is believed that chess originated from Chaturanga of ancient India. The All India Chess Federation is the governing body for chess in India.

Player statistics[edit]


The Top 10 Indian grand masters as of May 2020 are listed below.[1]

Some of the Top Indian Players
Viswanathan Anand
Rank 15
53 years
P Harikrishna
Rank 21
37 years
Parimarjan Negi
Rank 138
30 years
Sasikiran Krishnan
Rank 118
42 years

Viswanathan Anand is currently No. 15 in the FIDE World Rankings and the former World Champion. Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand (born 11 December 1969) is an Indian chess grand master and former world chess champion. He became the first grandmaster from India in 1988, and is one of the few players to have surpassed an Elo rating of 2800, a feat he first achieved in 2006


The Top 10 women Indian chess players are listed below as of November 2013.[2]

Indian women players in FIDE Top 100
Koneru Humpy
Rank 3
36 years
Dronavalli Harika
Rank 26
32 years
Tania Sachdev
Rank 42
37 years
Mary Ann Gomes
Rank 61
33 years
Eesha Karavade
Rank 78
35 years

Total medals won by Indian Chess Team in Major tournaments[edit]

Competition Gold Silver Bronze Total
World Team Championship 0 1 1 2
Asian Games 2 0 2 4
Asian Team Championship 3 11 7 21
Total 5 12 10 27

See also[edit]


  1. "Federations Ranking: India". World Chess Federation (FIDE). Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  2. "Federations Ranking: India, Women". World Chess Federation (FIDE). Retrieved 24 November 2013.

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