Top 9 chess players from India

Indian chess is growing day by day in the last decade. In 1988 Vishwanathan Anand become India’s first chess grandmaster. Before Vishy, chess was considered a gamble in most areas in India. In the last 10 years, India produced many chess grandmasters and new talents are coming every year. This all happened due to changes in All India Chess Federation policies, Increased prize fund, increased sponsors, That’s why top chess players from India are growing day by day.

In this article, we are going to see top chess players from India. Some players are currently active, some are currently inactive and some players already died. We will see them one by one

1- Vishwanathan Anand

No doubt Vishwanathan Anand is in the first position. Vishwanathan Anand is the player who changed chess life and people’s attitude towards chess. He is born in Chennai and in 1988 he became India’s first grandmaster. Vishwanathan Anand’s peak rating is 2817. He awarded with Padma Bhushan and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. In 2015 Anand was honored with the top country award at the Spanish embassy. Despite all his achievements, he hasn’t got Bharat Ratna, the highest civil award in India. For the last 30+ years, Vishwanathan Anand is no 1 player in India. Vishy has also written the book Mindmaster and My best games of chess in 1998. Both are best-sold books.

Major achievements

  • 5 times world champion
  • He was the first recipient to win the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
  • One mini planet also named Vishy Anand in honor of Vishwanathan Anand
2- Nihal Sarin

Nihal is a chess grandmaster and one of the favorites who can win a world championship in the future. Nihal Sarin becomes a grandmaster in 2018 and in just 1 year he crossed the 2600 mark. He is currently India’s most favorite chess player after former world champion Vishy Anand.

Nihal also got sponsorship from milk production company Akshaya Kalpa. It is predicted that the amount is somewhere between 75 lakhs to 1 crore. Nihal Sarin is known as a very stable, humble, and consistent player. Nihal currently works with Grandmaster Srinath Narayan.

3- Vidit Gujrathi

Vidit Gujrathi is Grandmaster and 3rd highest chess player in India. He is the youngest Indian to cross the 2700 Fide rating. Vidit also played with Magnus Carlsen in the 2018 Isle of man championship and managed to draw with the world champion. In a lockdown, Vidit started his own youtube channel. He regularly streams there. You can watch his stand-up comedy below.

4- Harikrishna Pentala

Harikrishna Pentala is currently Indian no. 2 grandmaster. Harikrishna born in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh but currently staying in Prague, Czech Republic. He becomes a grandmaster in 2001. Harikrishna played only one tournament in 2020 which is Biel masters. He won that tournament with ease with a score of 5.5/7. He married Serbian Nadezda Stojanovic in 2018.

5- Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Praggananandhaa is an Indian Grandmaster who born in 2005. He becomes famous when he achieved the International Master title when it was only 10 years old. Praggnanandhaa won many tournaments at the international level. He trained with a very famous trainer RB Ramesh.

6- Adhiban B

Bhaskaran Adhiban is the 5th grandmaster from India to cross the 2700 rating. Adhiban also won many events in his career. Due to coronavirus he started his youtube channel and gained many subscribers. Adhiban won national premier champion also and in 2018 he won the Capablanca memorial. Adhiban’s sense of humor is very nice. In the below video, you will get to know more about adhiban house.

7- Sagar shah

Sagar Shah is a well-known streamer and founder of Chessbase India. He founded ChessBase India 5 years before to encourage chess in India. He also introduced quality chess books at a very cheap price.
Sagar Shah is married to Amruta Mokal. He is a very hardworking man. He covered almost every event of chess in 2020 and helped people to improve their chess strength.

8- Mir sultan khan

Mir sultan khan was born in Punjab in 1903 (Currently in Pakistan). He was the strongest chess player at that time in Asia. He played with many top players such as Mikhail Tal, Akiba Rubinstein, etc. But unfortunately at the time chess culture was not developed in India, He didn’t get any publicity. You can read more about him in this article.

9- R.B.Ramesh

RB Ramesh is the Grandmaster and Senior trainer of India. He is not the strongest player in India but defiantly he is a world-famous chess coach. He trained students who became grandmasters in the future. His students include GM Arvindh Chidambaram, GM Karthikeyan Murali, GM Pragananandhaa R, etc. He is also the coach of the Indian team in the FIDE Olympiad. Currently, he is focusing on his two academies i.e. pro chess training and chess gurukul.

Above are 9 top chess players from India. If you think we have missed anyone then comment below!

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5 top websites to buy chess boards in 2021

If you are in this article then defiantly you are a chess lover or chess player. In this article, we are going to see 5 top chess websites from which you can buy awesome chess boards. There are many types of wood in chess boards such as rosewood, Sheesham, etc. Generally, wooden chess board price ranges from 100$ to 500$. Even chess boards are useful for checkers also. Let’s start

1- Digital Game Technology

Digital Game Technology is an official chess set manufacturing company. The company was established in 1992. This company is the biggest manufacturer of Digital chess boards and chess clocks also. DGT also offers non-electronic chess sets at an affordable price ranging from 100$ to 300$. The overall standard of DGT is of high quality. It is currently the top manufacturer in the chess world.

Buy DGT board from here –

2- Paramount Deals

Paramount Deals is an Indian company and one of the biggest manufacturers of chess boards and pieces. This company offers chess boards at a cheap price compared to other top websites. Price range for wooden boards starts from 100$ to 250$.

Check out the wooden chess board from here –

3- World chess

World chess is the biggest company in chess broadcasting. It was the official broadcasting partner in world chess championship matches, World cup matches. World chess is not one of the leading manufacturers of chess boards but I particularly liked one chess set of world chess. It is the best chess set with free delivery at a very cheap price. Other than chess set company offers multiple memberships and help players to get online chess rating.

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4- Chess Bazaar is based in Mohali, Punjab, India chess bazaar was started in the year 2007. This website also offers free delivery all across the globe. The company also claims they offer the quickest after sales service all over the world. The only drawback is their price range is on the high side compared to other websites.

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5- The House Of Staunton

This company is the biggest company in the USA. This company is well known to non-chess players also. Their products are crafted from a wide range of materials, including such luxurious materials as EbonyBlood RosewoodAmboyna Burl, and Walnut Burl. The House of Staunton has sponsored many events such as the United States of America chess championship. The price range for wooden chess boards starts from 200$ to 5000$. Those who want to buy luxury chess sets should defiantly look to their boards

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6 Gift ideas for chess players

When it comes to chess players it is always a question of what to gift. Here is a list of some amazing gifts that you can give to chess players, chess coaches, chess students. You can gift these gifts on your birthday, Christmas or even on international chess day!

1- membership membership is an amazing gift to give to anyone who is deeply interested in chess. offers various benefits especially for those who are below the 1800 rating. If you are Indian you can get this in just 3499 rs and if you are from another country then it will cost 99$. is an amazing way to start your chess journey. Read these 2 article to get knowledge about diamond, premium, gold membership and which is suitable to gift.

2- chess24 membership

Those who are serious about chess and want to improve their chess with a minimum amount should look to purchase chess24 membership. Chess24 also offers various benefits on membership. This membership will cost you less than 150$ and you can save your yearly coaching expenses! If you are not sure about gifting or chess24 membership then click to read the article.

3- Chess merchandise 

Chess merchandise is the best way to gift your loved one. It can be t-shirts, shirts, caps or anything. There is plenty of such websites that offer this product at your doorstep. Some of these websites include,

4- Chess essentials 

Gifting chess essentials such as chess board, chess pieces is also good idea. Kids love thematic chess boards very much. You can get chess essentials at various prices from 15$ to 500$. you can purchase this from websites like worldchess, paramountdealz, chessbazaar etc.

5 – patreon badge

Lichess is completely free website and fastest growing chess website in 2020. They offer every service for free without taking any money. Although they run on donation model. Those who donate there account get special badge of wings. This is cheapest way to gift awsome gift. 

6- Planner, Organiser, Diary

If chess player wants to become successful then they should follow daily schedule and should practice every day. For this planners and organiser is best way to gift to chess players. chess players will definatly love it. Even this gift can be useful for them to set other goals in life also. You can buy this gift from many websites such as amazon, ebay, etsy etc.

If you have more gift ideas then let us know in comment section below!

Unusual Chess Puzzles – Part 4

Today we present you with the 4th puzzle of the series Unusual Chess Puzzle. Check the previous puzzle here. Today’s puzzle is unique in its own way. The best part of such puzzles is that you just need to know how the pieces move. No need to have a rating or huge experience in chess. You can solve it through logical thinking. So let me present to you the puzzle. Puzzle – You have to set up the below position in just 4 moves from the starting position. the hint is that You have to think in a completely different way for both positions. This position looks impossible but it has an answer. Try to solve this puzzle without checking the answer.

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5 features you must know! is one of the most popular chess websites in the world. Recently due to queen’s gambit series on Netflix, got 5x more registration. If you haven’t signed up on you can sign up from here. Read this post before sign up to get more benefits. In this article, we will see 5 hidden features of that can be useful for players of all ages. For some features, you may include a premium membership which you can purchase from here.

1- Vision Feature

This is the best feature of for beginners that many players don’t know. Basically in the vision feature, you have 30 seconds and you have to fid co-ordinates. Understanding chessboard and remembering squares are the processes which you should do on daily basis.

2- Drills

Drills are a premium feature offered by In drills, there are several positions from middlegame to endgame. This feature is useful for beginners as well as professional players. There are the following benefits given by if you solve drills daily.

Play Key Positions vs Computer
Strengthen Tactical Decisions
Improve Positional Play

3- Coaches

If you are a beginner offers a dedicated coach page. On the coaching page, you will find various coaches in almost every country and at different levels. You can hire GM also. is very particular about coaches. They select each coach manually so students get the best deals every time. They don’t even charge a penny for students or coaches for this service But always research about the coach whom you are planning to contact. You can read an article about how to find a good chess coach.

4- Blog offers a blog feature to everyone. If you don’t want to build your own website or you want a ready targeted audience then the blog is the best marketplace. You can post anything related to chess on this blog. You can see there are many GMs and titled players who write regularly on the blog. If you become a famous blogger then you can apply for top blogger. Top blogger gets top priority on the page. I also have written a blog post and the result was amazing. In my 1st blog post, I got more than 950+ views. You can check my blog and you should also try to start a blog.

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