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Murali Karthikeyan
M Karthikeyan 
Number of games in database: 413
Years covered: 2010 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2606 (2388 rapid, 2564 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2617

Overall record: +168 -78 =148 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 19 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (70) 
    B90 B30 B92 B40 B43
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    C78 C77 C65 C67 C93
 Sicilian Najdorf (29) 
    B90 B92
 French Defense (20) 
    C07 C18 C05 C11 C01
 King's Indian Attack (17) 
    A07 A08
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B10 B12 B11 B18 B13
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (61) 
    B51 B43 B40 B28 B33
 King's Indian (27) 
    E73 E97 E71 E94 E90
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    E10 A45 D02 A50 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D37 D35 D38 D30
 Sicilian Kan (14) 
    B43 B41 B42
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C95 C79 C65 C78 C84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Firouzja vs M Karthikeyan, 2019 0-1
   M Karthikeyan vs M Matlakov, 2019 1-0
   M Karthikeyan vs F Vallejo Pons, 2017 1-0
   M Karthikeyan vs S Gagare, 2017 1-0
   G Vazquez vs M Karthikeyan, 2014 0-1
   M Karthikeyan vs J Movsesian, 2014 1-0
   M Karthikeyan vs P Maghsoodloo, 2021 1-0
   M Karthikeyan vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 1-0
   Kushager Krishnater vs M Karthikeyan, 2019 0-1
   M Karthikeyan vs F Libiszewski, 2019 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   54th Biel Master Open (2021)
   Asian Continental (2019)
   Gibraltar Masters (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2019)
   Hastings 2016/17 (2016)
   MPL Indian Chess Tour #1 (2022)
   World Junior Championship (2018)
   Xtracon Open (2019)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2015)

   🏆 Chessable Sunway Sitges
   K Alekseenko vs M Karthikeyan (Dec-17-22) 1-0
   S Aditya vs M Karthikeyan (Dec-16-22) 0-1
   M Karthikeyan vs P Velten (Dec-15-22) 1-0
   Abdimalik Abdisalimov vs M Karthikeyan (Dec-14-22) 0-1
   M Karthikeyan vs B Krasteva (Dec-13-22) 1-0

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FIDE player card for Murali Karthikeyan

(born May-01-1999, 23 years old) India

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IM (2013); GM (2014); World U12 Champion (2011); World U16 Champion (2013); Indian Champion (2015, 2016).

Murali Karthikeyan won his Grandmaster title at the age of 15 years 7 months and 17 days.

He won the World U12 Championship 2011 (ahead of Benjamin Gledura on tie-break,(5) scoring 7.5/9). The then-untitled 12-year old Karthikeyan scored 5.5/9 at Hastings (2011/12), achieving a plus score of +1 =3 against the 4 IMs he faced (the win being against the Frenchman Maxence Godard). At the 10th Parsvnath International Open held in Delhi in January 2012, he scored 7.5/11 recording a plus score against 3 GMs and against 3 IMs, scoring +1 =2 against each group. His GM scalp was Richard Bitoon while his sole loss in the event was to Bhave Kaushik (rated 1868). Good results in the National Team Championships (4/8) in February and in the 14th Dubai Open (2012) (5/9) boosted his rating further. He scored his 1st IM norm at the Orissa GM Open in May 2012. In June 2012, he came =1st in the Asian Youth Chess Championships 2012 Under 14 Open. He scored his 2nd IM norm at the Al Ain Classic and World Cities in December 2012 and his 3rd IM norm and 1st GM norm at the 11th Delhi International Open in January 2013, achieving his 2400 rating at the same time. He placed =1st alongside Ghosh Diptayan in the Indian National Sub-Junior Championship held in West Bengal in August 2013, scoring 9/11. He finished 2013 with a flourish, picking up his 2nd GM norm at the Kokata Open and winning the World U16 Championship (slightly ahead of Girish A Koushik on the 3rd tie-break(4) at the top with 9/11).

In addition to his results above, he also scored 7.5/11 at the 2012 WYCC U-14, proceeded to the World Junior Championship (2011), later scoring 8/11 at the 2014 WYCC U-16, 9/13 at the World Junior Championship (2014)/Murali Karthikeyan, 7/13 at the World Junior Championship (2015)/Murali Karthikeyan, 8.5/13 at the World Junior Championship (2016) and 8/11 at the World Junior Championship (2017) during his World stage of Junior / Youth championship competitions.

Karthikeyan started 2014 placing =7th with 7/10 at the Delhi Open in January 2014. In August 2014, he placed a superb 3rd at the Abu Dhabi Masters, scoring 6.5/9, including 5.5/8 against his grandmaster opponents, and easily scoring his 3rd GM norm. He met the final criterion for achieving his GM title when his rating passed the 2500 mark during the U16 Olympiad on 18 December 2014 after defeating Canada's Jason Cao in round 7. During that event, he played board 2 for India, scoring 8/10.

He is the second player born in 1999 to have won a GM title, the first being Wei Yi.

References / Sources

(1), (2), (3) Wikipedia article: Murali Karthikeyan (wikipedia), (4) (2013 WYCC U-16), (5) (2011 WYCC U-12).

Last updated: 2019-06-11 13:57:03

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 436  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan 1-0692010WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. M Karthikeyan vs Volodymyr Vetoshko  ½-½472010WYCC Open U12B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. M Karthikeyan vs Ghosh Diptayan  ½-½482010WYCC Open U12C55 Two Knights Defense
4. N Steinberg vs M Karthikeyan  ½-½462010WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. M Karthikeyan vs J D Williams  ½-½702010WYCC Open U12B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. D Debashis vs M Karthikeyan  ½-½712011World Junior ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Karthikeyan vs P Shyam Nikil  0-1842011World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. R Ashwath vs M Karthikeyan  1-0312011World Junior ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. M Karthikeyan vs K Shreyans  ½-½662011World Junior ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
10. S Prasannaa vs M Karthikeyan  ½-½372011World Junior ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
11. M Karthikeyan vs S Das  0-1592011World Junior ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. M Karthikeyan vs E Rodriguez Aleman  1-0402011World Junior ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. S Barbier vs M Karthikeyan  1-0772011World Junior ChampionshipA14 English
14. A Vasli vs M Karthikeyan  1-0272011World Junior ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. M Karthikeyan vs G Jaswant  1-0332011World Junior ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
16. S Kathmale vs M Karthikeyan  1-0372011World Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. B Sekar vs M Karthikeyan  1-0402011World Junior ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. M Karthikeyan vs I Wallis  ½-½382011Hastings 2011/12C55 Two Knights Defense
19. A Longson vs M Karthikeyan  ½-½352011Hastings 2011/12B40 Sicilian
20. M Karthikeyan vs O Willson  1-0402011Hastings 2011/12B03 Alekhine's Defense
21. P Rout vs M Karthikeyan  1-0322011Hastings 2011/12B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. M Karthikeyan vs C R G Krishna  1-0302012Hastings 2011/12C05 French, Tarrasch
23. M Godard vs M Karthikeyan 0-1442012Hastings 2011/12D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. M Karthikeyan vs U Anwesh  ½-½392012Hastings 2011/12C50 Giuoco Piano
25. A Demuth vs M Karthikeyan ½-½422012Hastings 2011/12D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Dec-13-11  wordfunph: congrats Murali Karthikeyan!

<The young player, rated 2154 FIDE, also just played at the London FIDE Open, held parallel to the Chess Classic, where he had an excellent 2336 FIDE performance, including a win over IM Richard Bates.>

Jan-19-12  offramp: Can someone please clarify what is his whole real full name in the correct order.
Feb-11-12  twinlark: <offramp>

Murali is his first name according to the FIDE player card linked in his bio.

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Dec-28-13  BIDMONFA: Murali Karthikeyan


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  alexmagnus: He just won the World U16 championship - and that at 14.
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  alexmagnus: BTW the recent WYCC saw three Indian champions - Karthikeyan (U16), Salonika (Girls' U10) and Praggnanandhaa (U8, with a perfect 11/11 score). The latter's sister came 6th in Girls' U12. Looks like India has already a fundament for new generations after Anand.
Aug-25-14  Rascal Nikov: After great performance by Aravindh at RIGA, another Indian prodigy Murali Karthikeyan shines at Abu Dhabi. He is 5 after 6 rounds defeating many strong GMs. A 2783 rating performance upto now.
Aug-26-14  Rascal Nikov: Another win !! his performance rating is whooping 2830 after 7 rounds.
Aug-26-14  Rascal Nikov:
Aug-28-14  waustad: He ended with a loss so he came in 3rd in the event. A 2709 performance is an outstanding result however, giving him a GM norm. He doesn't have any listed on the FIDE page, so this could be the first for him. The 33.2 elo he picked up will get his rating near the 2500 needed for the title too.
Aug-31-14  ketchuplover: greatest prodigy ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep-25-14  twinlark: Murali should pick up his GM title playing at the World U16 in Durban. He's only a point or two away from gaining a live rating of 2500 which is all he needs, now that he has 3 GM norms.
Sep-25-14  ConLaMismaMano: IM Alan Pichot, the biggest talent Argentina has had for the last 30 years, just beat Murali a few minutes ago.

He's now in clear second place.

Could he be the next Panno? Time will tell.

Sep-25-14  twinlark: So near yet so far...
Jan-04-15  twinlark: Congratulations to the new GM, Murali Karthikeyan, who finally crossed the 2500 mark during the U16 Olympiad before Christmas.
Jan-07-16  sonia91: 2015 Indian champion:

Jan-31-19  zanzibar: I like this photo of him:

Here's a video featuring him annotating one of his games:

And a Hindustan Times profile

RE: his name is given on his FIDE card as

<Karthikeyan, Murali>

Generally, I suggest following the <CG> lead, but Indian names and conventions can be confusing to those unfamiliar (e.g. the informal Vishy really should be Anand, or more formally, Mr. Anand -

[beware, different conventions apply even within India, or so I believe, see here ]).

Here in this case, for example, both the Hindustan Times and the video use

<Karthikeyan Murali>.


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  Penguincw: Karthikeyan upsets MVL at Gibraltar.

M Karthikeyan vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2019

Feb-02-19  jith1207: Murali is first name and Karthikeyan is last name.

Last name should be pronounced as

Thi (as in think)
Yan (ya as in young)

First name should be pronounced as

Mu (as in mull)
Rali (like Rally)

Feb-02-19  parmetd: Anyone know if this fellow worka full time or chess full time?
Feb-02-19  zanzibar: <parmetd> The H-Times article I cited above mentions him discussing how chess helped him improve in his studies, though I don't remember what his studies were

(I'm not sure if the article even mentioned it - or if I just missed it)

Jun-12-19  Paint My Dragon: How brilliant and daring was yesterday's <Queen sac> against Iranian trailblazing sensation, Firouzja?

From the Asian Continental Championship, (rd5?)
A Firouzja-M Karthikeyan

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nf3 Qa5 8. Nd2 cxd4 9. Nb3 Qxc3+ 10. bxc3 dxe3 11. f3 Nh5 12. Qc1 Bh6 13. g4 Nf4 14. Kd1 Ne6 15. Kc2 Nc6 16. h4 Bf4 17. Qd1 Ne5 18. Nc1 Bd7 19. a4 Rac8 20. Ne2 Bh6 21. g5 Bg7 22. Bh3 Nxf3 23. Qd3 Ne5 24. Qxe3 Nxc4 25. Qf2 Rc5 26. Rhb1 Bc6 27. Bg2 f5 28. gxf6 Bxf6 29. Rf1 Bxc3 30. Qxc5 Nxc5 31. Rxf8+ Kxf8 32. Kxc3 Ne5 33. a5 Nxe4+ 34. Bxe4 Bxe4 35. Nd4 Bd5 36. Nb5 a6 37. Nc7 Bc6 38. Rf1+ Kg7 39. Ne6+ Kh6 40. Rf8 Kh5 41. Rh8 h6 42. Rh7 Kxh4 43. Rxh6+ Kg4 44. Nd4 Kg5 45. Rh2 Bd5 46. Re2 Kf4 47. Rf2+ Nf3 48. Re2 e5 49. Nc2 Be4 50. Ne3 d5 51. Kb4 Nd4 52. Re1 Kf3 0-1

Beware all users of the Makogonov variation (me included).

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  jaime gallegos: Notable game:
A Firouzja vs M Karthikeyan,2019 0-1
Jul-06-19  sonia91: A Firouzja vs M Karthikeyan, 2019

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<Here, after 21 minutes of thought former National Champion Karthikeyan came up 9...Qxc3!! From the time spent I infer that it was purely an improvisation over the board than a result of detailed home preparation (which makes it even more impressive!) The sacrifice is purely positional one and there are no forced lines leading to clear assessments in the near vicinity. I do not (or even want to!) know whether the sacrifice is objectively the best continuation and so on. But things are clear that as a practical player the opponent is in for a big shock when you sacrifice your queen this early in the game for 2 minor pieces.> GM Kidambi Sundararajan (

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