Parimarjan Negi

Parimarjan Negi (born 9 February 1993) is an Indian chess grandmaster. He achieved the grandmaster title at the age of 13 years, 4 months, and 20 days, which made him the second youngest grandmaster in history at the time. As of July 2021, he is the seventh youngest player to achieve this feat.

Parimarjan Negi
Born (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 30)
New Delhi, India
TitleGrandmaster (2006)
FIDE rating2624 (May 2023)
Peak rating2671 (October 2013)

Negi is an Indian and Asian champion. He played on the top board for the bronze medal-winning Indian team in the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway.

He was granted the Arjuna Award in 2010 by the Government of India.[1]

Chess careerEdit

Parimarjan Negi won the under 10 division at the Asian Youth Chess Championship in 2002 in Tehran.[2][3] He achieved his first grandmaster norm at the 2005/06 Hastings International Chess Congress.[4] Soon after he earned his second GM norm at the 4th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament in Delhi.[5] Negi earned his third and final GM norm on 1 July 2006 by drawing with Russian Grandmaster Ruslan Sherbakov at the Chelyabinsk Region Superfinal Championship in Satka, Russia, where he finished with six points from nine rounds. Negi thus became the youngest chess grandmaster ever in India, breaking Pentala Harikrishna's record, and the second youngest ever in the world.[6]

Negi won the strong Philadelphia International Open Tournament in June 2008 with a score of 7/9, and was undefeated.[7] In August 2008, he finished second, behind Abhijeet Gupta, at the World Junior Chess Championship in Gaziantep.[8] In 2009 he won the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen with 8.5/10, on tiebreaks over Boris Avrukh,[9] and the 6th IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.[10]

Parimarjan Negi won the 48th National Premier Chess Championship on 22 December 2010 in New Delhi.[11]

In 2012 Negi has won the 11th Asian Chess Championship held in Ho Chi Minh City.[12] He tied for first place in the Cappelle-la-Grande Open in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he also won the Politiken Cup for the second time.[13]

By 2017 he was retired from chess.[14]


  • Parimarjan Negi (2014). 1.e4 vs The French, Caro-Kann and Philidor. Quality Chess. ISBN 978-1906552060.
  • Parimarjan Negi (2015). 1.e4 vs The Sicilian I. Quality Chess. ISBN 978-1-906552-39-8.
  • Parimarjan Negi (2015). 1.e4 vs The Sicilian II. Quality Chess. ISBN 978-1-907982-57-6.
  • Parimarjan Negi (2016). 1.e4 vs The Sicilian III. Quality Chess. ISBN 978-1-78483-023-6.

Personal lifeEdit

Parimarjan Negi attended school at Amity International School in New Delhi. He then graduated from Stanford University as a Mathematics major in 2018. As of July 2021, he is a PhD student at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


  1. ^ Upama Sinha (22 October 2010). "Chess mate". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. ^ "India bags four golds". The Hindu. 4 April 2002. Archived from the original on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ Asian Youth Under 10-12-14-16. FIDE.
  4. ^ "Parimarjan Negi – the Hero of Hastings". ChessBase. 9 January 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  5. ^ Vishal Sareen (1 February 2006). "Twelve-year-old Negi gets his second GM norm". ChessBase. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  6. ^ Vijay Kumar (5 July 2006). "Parimarjan Negi, India's youngest ever grandmaster". ChessBase. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Sports Briefs: Negi wins title". The Telegraph. 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Meet Abhijeet Gupta – meet the Junior World Champion". ChessBase. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Parimarjan Negi wins Politiken Cup". The Hindu. 27 July 2009. Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  10. ^ Mihajlova, Diana (11 September 2009). "Parimarjan in Paris – portrait of a young super-talent". ChessBase. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Parimarjan Negi Wins India Premier Championship". Chessdom. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Parimarjan Negi". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  13. ^ Rao, Rakesh (4 August 2013). "Parimarjan Negi". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  14. ^ Why did Parimarjan Negi quit chess?, Chessbase India, 11/08/2017

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