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Shah Sagar
Number of games in database: 62
Years covered: 2008 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2407 (2288 rapid, 2233 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2468

Overall record: +15 -25 =22 (41.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (5) 
    D12 D11 D10 D18
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E46 E47 E52 E41
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    E00 A46 A40 D02 A41
 Sicilian (7) 
    B47 B48 B27 B30
 Caro-Kann (6) 
 Sicilian Taimanov (4) 
    B48 B47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Sagar vs D T Mirzoyan, 2016 1-0
   M Sieciechowicz vs S Sagar, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London Chess Classic Open (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2010)

   🏆 1st Irena Warakomska Mem
   R Barski vs S Sagar (Aug-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   Ulybin vs S Sagar (Aug-14-17) 1-0
   P Potapov vs S Sagar (Mar-08-16) 1/2-1/2
   S Sagar vs M Chigaev (Mar-07-16) 1/2-1/2
   R Vaishali vs S Sagar (Mar-06-16) 0-1

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(born Jan-28-1990, 32 years old) India

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International Master

References / Sources

(1) (2017 podcast interview with Ben Johnson of Perpetual Chess).

Last updated: 2017-11-20 22:56:21

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 64  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Mas vs S Sagar 1-0212008Malaysian OpenB27 Sicilian
2. S Sagar vs E Senador  0-1462008Malaysian OpenD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
3. S Sagar vs A Minhazuddin  ½-½702008Malaysian OpenE46 Nimzo-Indian
4. R Legaspi vs S Sagar  1-0262008Malaysian OpenB27 Sicilian
5. S Sagar vs Z Rahman  1-0332008Malaysian OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
6. S Sagar vs Jia Haoxiang  ½-½222008Malaysian OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. R Bancod vs S Sagar  ½-½552008Malaysian OpenB07 Pirc
8. V Durarbayli vs S Sagar  1-0482010World Junior ChampionshipB07 Pirc
9. S Sagar vs B Kaleta  1-0632010World Junior ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. I Golichenko vs S Sagar  1-0412010World Junior ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. S Sagar vs J Herman  1-0442010World Junior ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. M Pacher vs S Sagar  ½-½222010World Junior ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
13. S Sagar vs P Potapov  ½-½292010World Junior ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. D H Fernandez vs S Sagar  ½-½802010World Junior ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. S Sagar vs S D Swapnil  ½-½472010World Junior ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
16. M Andersen vs S Sagar  1-0402010World Junior ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
17. S Sagar vs J Ashwin  1-0592010World Junior ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
18. S Sagar vs K Dragun  1-0532010World Junior ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
19. M Sieciechowicz vs S Sagar 0-1592010World Junior ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. S Sagar vs V Rasulov  0-1552010World Junior ChampionshipA61 Benoni
21. E Safarli vs S Sagar  1-0132012Fujairah MastersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. Ehlvest vs S Sagar  1-0382012Fujairah MastersB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. S Vaibhav vs S Sagar  ½-½882012Kolkata OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. S Sagar vs S Arun Prasad  0-1412012Kolkata OpenA20 English
25. A Adly vs S Sagar  1-0642012Kolkata OpenA04 Reti Opening
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Jul-10-14  BIDMONFA: Shah Sagar


Aug-10-14  mrandersson: http://sagarteacheschess.blogspot.c... nice read this was well done dude.
Aug-30-14  ketchuplover: Kudos on your recent tourney victory!
Sep-01-14  ketchuplover: Watch your fingers fella :)
Mar-17-16  Mr. V: One of Chessbase's best commentators.
Any idea what part of India he's from?
Mar-17-16  sonia91: According to FIDE from Mumbai.

I like his ChessBase articles too. Recently he founded ChessBase India:

Mar-17-16  TheFocus: Close, but no Sagar.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: I'd like Katey Sagal closer than close.
Mar-18-16  Mr. V: <sonia91> Thanks! I've noticed we interests in similar players.

Yes, his coverage of the candidates is great! And India deserves their own ChessBase for sure, I guess he is a man to make things happen.

Feb-08-17  zanzibar: I assume his name is Sagar, and his father's is Shah.

So why does all his writing have the signature - Sagar Shah?

Shouldn't it be Shah Sagar?

"by Sagar Shah"


"If you love chess then you are at the right place!"- Sagar Shah.

He seems to have flipped his name around, say, compared to Vishy Anand.

Feb-09-17  sonia91: <zanzibar> Only Tamil names are: <father's name initial><own name> (Anand is from Tamil Nadu).


Feb-09-17  zanzibar: <sonia91> thank you very much for the clarification.

I think it's a bit difficult to keep up with all the conventions used throughout India - certainly it's more involved than I thought.

I originally assumed this article explained it all:

<He was named "Anand" at birth, and as a good South Indian Brahmin the name of his father was tagged on, to distinguish him from the hundreds of thousands of other Anands that walk the land. The system is simple: you get a name, one name, and add it to your father's name. This is similar to the Icelandic tradition, except the "son" part (as in Gustavson, Perutursson, etc.) is left out.>

As you can see, the qualification <good South Indian Brahmin> (as opposed to bad? - ha) is important, a nuance I missed.

The wiki article is very involved, almost dizzying. But I take it the relevant section is Maharashtra

<Family names in Maharashtra are most commonly derived from patronyms. However, town of origin and caste is also sometimes the source of family names.

In Maharashtra the most common format for names is: given name, father's name, last name. For example, for cricketer Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, "Sunil" is his given name, "Manohar" is his father's given name, and "Gavaskar" is his family name. The custom is similar among East Slavic people, many of whom also take a patronymic as their middle name.>

So, FIDE gives Sagar's name as <Sagar, Shah>.

Is <Shah> a patronym or surname?

And how are the names sorted, say, in a phone book? By given name or surname or patronym?

Feb-10-17  sonia91: Several Indian names are wrongly sorted by FIDE (e.g. Harika Dronavalli, Tania Sachdev, but there are other examples).

His IM title application says Shah is his surname. This must be true, since he always signs as Sagar Shah.

Also, Chessbase is hardly the most suitable source regarding Tamil naming conventions. Some time ago I read somewhere that instead of father's name, one can also add the mother's name initial or even the village's one.

Feb-10-17  zanzibar: Thanks again <sonia91>. We try to do our non-expert best.

I'll look at the cases you've given.

Wiki mentions those other exceptions you've given, which is about when I started getting dizzy.

Still - I was wondering about the sorting of names, say in the telephone book. ????

E.g. - I remember reading that in Spanish, they use the matronym to sort the names.

How do the Indians resolve all these different conventions when storing names in a national DB?


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