Baskaran Adhiban

Baskaran Adhiban (born 15 August 1992 in Mayiladuthurai)[1] is an Indian chess Grandmaster. He was the 2008 World Under-16 Champion and the 2009 Indian champion. He is currently the fourth highest rated player in India (behind Viswanathan Anand, Pentala Harikrishna and Vidit Gujrathi).

Baskaran Adhiban
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Adhiban playing at the 2013 Chess World Cup
Born (1992-08-15) 15 August 1992 (age 28)
Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India
TitleGrandmaster (2010)
FIDE rating2659 (February 2021)
Peak rating2701 (April 2019)
Baskaran Adhiban
Medal record
Representing  India
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Men's Team

In 2007 he won the Asian under-16 championship in Tashkent.[2] Adhiban played on the first board for the gold medal-winning Indian team at the Under-16 Chess Olympiad of 2007 and 2008.[3][4]

In 2011, he won the Cultural Village tournament in Wijk aan Zee and thanks to this victory he qualified for the 2012 Tata Steel C tournament.[5] In this latter event, he tied for 3rd–4th with Daan Brandenburg with a score of 8.5/13.[6] In the Chess World Cup 2013, Adhiban caused an upset in the first two rounds, beating 2710-rated Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev in the first round, and Alexandr Fier in the second one.

Adhiban won the 2013 Sants Open in Barcelona with a score of 8.5 points out of 10. This event included 23 GMs and 28 IMs.[7][8]

In July 2014 he won the Masters open tournament of the Biel Chess Festival.[9] In the following month, he contributed to India's bronze medal at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø scoring 7/11 on board four.[10]

He was also a member of the winning team of the Spanish League 2015, Solvay, along with teammates Pentala Harikrishna, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Aleksander Delchev, Sergio Cacho Reigadas, Jesus Maria De La Villa Garcia, and Elizbar Ubilava.[11][12]

Adhiban competed in the Chess World Cup 2015, where he was knocked out by Vladimir Fedoseev in the first round, after the rapid tiebreaks.[13]

In January 2016, Adhiban won the 2016 Tata Steel Challengers Tournament in a 3-way tie. The co-leaders were GM Alexei Dreev and GM Eltaj Safarli, all of whom earned 9 points out of 13 (+6-1=6). Because Adhiban defeated them both, he had the better tiebreaks and was therefore awarded the spot in the next Tata Steel Masters tournament.

Despite being the lowest rated player at the 2017 Tata Steel Masters Tournament, he managed to finish third with a score of 7.5 points out of 13 (+4-2=7). He defeated Sergey Karjakin, Dmitry Andreikin, Richárd Rapport, and Radosław Wojtaszek.

Adhiban won the 2018 Reykjavik Open,[14] scoring 7½/9 (+6–0=3). He recorded victories over Alejandro Ramírez, Maxime Lagarde and Richárd Rapport.[15]

He also runs a YouTube channel named Adhiban Baskaran with over 40k subscribers as of December 2020. He organizes chess streams on his YouTube channel.


  1. ^ Grandmaster title application FIDE
  2. ^ Begmatov, Jamshid (18 July 2007). "Asian Chess Championship for boys and girls". ChessBase. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  3. ^ "India win World Youth Chess Olympiad". 11 August 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  4. ^ "India wins the Chess U16 Olympiad 2008 ahead of Russia". Chessdom. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  5. ^ Doggers, Peter (8 December 2011). "Baskharan Adhiban wins Cultural Village, qualifies for Tata C". ChessVibes. Archived from the original on 27 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  6. ^ Standings of grandmaster group C 2012, Tata Steel Chess
  7. ^ "Adhiban wins Barcelona Sants Open". ChessVibes. 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  8. ^ XV Open Internacional de Sants, Hostafrancs i la Bordeta - Grup A Chess-Results
  9. ^ Sagar Shah (29 July 2014). "Adhiban dominates the Biel Masters". ChessBase News. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  10. ^ 41st Olympiad Tromso 2014 Open Chess-Results
  11. ^ Doggers, Peter (25 August 2015). "3 Indian GMs Help Solvay Win Spanish Team Championship". Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  12. ^ Archiman Bhaduri (26 August 2015). "Indian GMs shine in Spanish League". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  13. ^ McGourty, Colin (13 September 2015). "Baku World Cup, 1.3: Gelfand & Kasimdzhanov out". chess24. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  14. ^ Staff writer(s) (15 March 2018). "GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2018 - Bobby Fischer Memorial". Chess Results.
  15. ^ Staff writer(s) (15 March 2018). "GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2018 - Bobby Fischer Memorial: Adhiban B." Chess Results.

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