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Chithambaram V R Aravindh
C Aravindh 
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Number of games in database: 592
Years covered: 2011 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2641 (2586 rapid, 2599 blitz)

Overall record: +233 -119 =185 (60.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 55 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B90 B47 B53 B92 B20
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C78 C84 C65 C60 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B90 B92 B91 B94
 French Defense (20) 
    C18 C11 C05 C12 C07
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D35 D31 D30 D37 D38
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B12 B13 B18 B15 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (93) 
    B30 B33 B31 B22 B23
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A50 D02 E00 A40 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D35 D37 D31 D38 D30
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C77 C69 C80 C65 C84
 Catalan (13) 
    E06 E04 E08 E05
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D85 D78 D73 D90 D79
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Aravindh vs S Bogner, 2016 1-0
   C Aravindh vs Heinz Zimmermann, 2014 1-0
   C Aravindh vs M Concio Jr, 2021 1-0
   S R Mannion vs C Aravindh, 2016 0-1
   C Aravindh vs G Danner, 2014 1-0
   C Aravindh vs I Khairullin, 2015 1-0
   C Aravindh vs B Adhiban, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Adams vs C Aravindh, 2019 1/2-1/2
   C Aravindh vs Adams, 2019 1/2-1/2
   C Aravindh vs Adams, 2019 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sunway Sitges Open (2017)
   London Chess Classic Open (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2017)
   Aeroflot Open (2020)
   Indian Championship (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2019)
   Rilton Cup 2017/18 (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2016)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Dubai Open (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2018)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   C Aravindh vs P Maghsoodloo (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   Makhnev vs C Aravindh (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz
   C Aravindh vs A Suleymanli (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz
   N Abdusattorov vs C Aravindh (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   C Aravindh vs Vachier-Lagrave (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz

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(born Nov-09-1999, 23 years old) India

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FIDE Master (2011); IM (2014); GM (2014). Indian U11 Champion (2011); Indian U13 Champion (2011); Indian Junior Champion (2011); Asian U14 (Rapid) Champion (2012); Asian U14 Champion (2013); Asian U14 Blitz Champion (2013); Indian Sub-Junior Champion (2014)


Aravindh won his Grandmaster (GM) title on 20 December 2014 at the age of 15 years 1 month 11 days, 2 days at the U16 Olympiad held in 2014. He was the second person born in 1999 to gain the GM title, the first being Murali Karthikeyan whose GM title came into effect two days previously at the same event.

Background (1)

Aravindh was born in Madurai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He father passed away when he was three years old, after which his mother, Deivanai, supported her family by working as an insurance agent with the Life Insurance Corporation of India. His maternal grandfather introduced him to chess when he was seven years old, according to his mother because: “He would always try to find ways to get out of the house and play… cricket with other boys. So my father introduced him to chess to try and keep him still in one position.” He attended the Dolphin Public School in Madurai, which strongly encouraged its students to play chess. (2)

In 2011, GM Ramachandran Ramesh stepped in as his coach, helping Aravindh develop his talents at the Chess Gurukul Academy in Chennai. The Velammal High School which Aravindh attended in that city did not charge Aravindh tuition fees. His cause was furthered by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), which extended him a scholarship.

Master norms and titles

<FIDE Master> He gained his FM title by placing equal first in the 2011 Asian U12 Open Championship. (3)

<International Master> (4) His first IM norm, a combined IM/GM norm, came from his win at the 2013 Chennai Grandmaster Open. His 2nd IM norm came from his 5.5/9 result at the Casino Open held in Graz, Austria in February 2014. His 3rd IM norm followed a couple of weeks later at the 28th International Games Festival in Cannes. For good measure, a fourth IM norm, earned at the Reykjavik Open 2014 was also submitted to FIDE in support of his claim for an IM title.

<Grandmaster> Aravindh's first GM norm was at the abovementioned 2013 Chennai Grandmaster Open which he won. His second GM norm was at the Kuala Lumpur International Open and his third GM norm came with his equal third placement at the Riga Technical University Open (2014) in August 2014. Although he came in 2nd at the World U16 championship in Durban in 2014, (5) this was insufficient to lift his rating to 2500 due to a poor performance at a local rating tournament immediately before the Durban event.

However, good results at the Qatar Masters (2014), and especially at the U16 Olympiad in December 2014-where he scored 8/9 for his team's 3rd board-pushed his rating over the 2500 mark. This enabled him to meet the final criterion for the Grandmaster title. The critical game was on 20 December 2014 in round 8 of the U16 Olympiad, when he defeated Mihnea Costachi to finally cross the 2500 live rating mark.


<Age and Junior – National> Aravindh won the national U11 Championship played in Chennai in 2010 and in the following year he won the 2011 U13 championship in New Delhi with 9/11 as well as the 2011 National Junior Boys Tournament held in Mumbai, also with 9/11. In 2014, he won the national sub-junior championship with 9.5/11 and in 2015 he won the National Junior (U19) Championship with 9.5/11, a point clear of the field.

<Age – Continental> Also in 2011, he was equal first, but second on tiebreak (7.5/9) behind Shahin Lorparizangeneh, at the Asian U12 Championship held in the Philippines. In 2013, he won the Asian U14 Championship played in Iran with 7/9. In 2014, he was runner-up on tiebreak on 7.5/9 behind Deep Sengupta at the Commonwealth Championship played in Scotland. He also won the Commonwealth U16 Championship that was staged at the same time in Scotland. In November 2014, Aravindh was equal second in the Asian U16 Championship, again behind Shahin Lorparizangeneh. In May 2016, he won the Asian Junior Open staged in Delhi.

<Age and Junior – World> Aravindh first threw his hat into the World Junior ring when he was eleven years old, competing at the 2011 World Junior Championship staged in Chennai, scoring 6.5/13 in his first outing. He repeated this result in the next World Junior Championship in Athens in 2012. Showing dramatic improvement, he achieved equal first (again second on tiebreak, this time behind Kayden W Troff) at the World U14 Championship in 2012, and 2nd at the World U16 Championship in 2014 behind the winner Alan Pichot. He scored 8.5 points after eleven rounds at the World Junior Championship (2017) but finished behind Aryan Tari (winner) and Manuel Petrosyan - both of whom scored 8.5/11 - on tiebreak.

<National> In November 2016, Aravindh placed equal first (second on tiebreak) with Karthikeyan with 8.5/12 at the National Championship staged in Lucknow. In the same event in 2017, he placed outright second behind Babu M R Lalith.


<2010-2015> He won his first significant non-championship event when he was ten years old when he placed first with 10.5/11 at first international rating tournament held in New Delhi in 2010. He was outright first, half a point ahead of runner up Sahaj Grover whom he defeated in their individual encounter. Aravindh's first major breakthrough in open tournaments was winning the Chennai November Open in 2013 with 9/11, ahead of 499 other participants, also scoring his first norm, a combined IM/GM norm - during the event he faced six GMs, scoring 4.5/6 against this opposition, and three IMs (2.5/3). In April 2014, he was equal second with 6.5/9 at the International Open staged in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, half a point behind the winner Sergei Tiviakov, to win his second GM norm and to take his place amongst the top 100 Juniors in the world. Four months later, he placed equal third with 7/9, half a point from the lead, at the Riga Technical University Open to win his third GM norm.

<2016 to the present>

In 2016, Aravindh was equal third at the Biel Master Tournament behind the winner Samuel Shankland and the runner-up Eltaj Safarli. He repeated this result in the 2017 Biel Master Tournament, placing equal third behind Mateusz Bartel and Vladimir Olegovich Baklan. He wound up 2017 with a strong outright win at the Sitges International, scoring 7.5/9.

Rapid and Blitz events

Aravindh won the Asian U14 Rapid Championship staged in Sri Lanka in June 2012 as well as the Asian U14 Blitz Championship in 2013 played in Iran. In 2014 he was runner up in the Asian U16 rapid and equal first in the Asian U16 Blitz Championship that was also staged at the time. In May 2016, he was runner-up to in the Asian Junior Open (rapid) with 7.5/9, half a point behind Masoud Mosadeghpour. In May 2017, he placed equal third at the Asian Championship (Blitz), half a point behind the co-leaders Wei Yi and Rustam Mashrukovich Kasimdzhanov.

Team Events

Aravindh twice represented India at the U16 Olympiads, first in 2014 and then again in 2015. In the former event, he scored individual and team gold playing board three while in the latter he scored individual and team silver playing board one.

Rating (6)

Aravindh entered the list of top 100 Juniors in the world in May 2014 at the age of fourteen and has remained on that list since. His highest ranking as a Junior to date (May 2018) was world #7 Junior in February 2018, coinciding with his highest rating to date, 2617.


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References and articles

Wikipedia article: Chithambaram Aravindh


Last updated: 2018-05-02 22:15:56

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 631  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Aravindh vs N Huschenbeth  0-1372011World Junior ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
2. N R Visakh vs C Aravindh  1-0442011World Junior ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
3. C Aravindh vs B Hercules  0-1422011World Junior ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. J Arun vs C Aravindh  0-1312011World Junior ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. C Aravindh vs J Herman 1-0382011World Junior ChampionshipB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
6. F Zulfic vs C Aravindh  0-1322011World Junior ChampionshipE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
7. C Aravindh vs S Soors  1-0602011World Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. C Aravindh vs R Bhuvanesh  0-1592011World Junior ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
9. R Sapozhnikov vs C Aravindh  1-0732011World Junior ChampionshipE08 Catalan, Closed
10. T Petenyi vs C Aravindh  ½-½472011World Junior ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. C Aravindh vs S S Manigandan  1-0332011World Junior ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
12. L Kuchynka vs C Aravindh  0-1472011World Junior ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. C Aravindh vs S Vaibhav 0-1262011World Junior ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. C Holt vs C Aravindh  1-0472012World Junior ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
15. C Aravindh vs H Stepanyan  1-0522012World Junior ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
16. E Barbosa vs C Aravindh  1-0272012World Junior ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. E Barbosa vs C Aravindh  1-027201251st World JuniorsB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
18. C Aravindh vs P Kalofonos  1-0222012World Junior ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. S De Filomeno vs C Aravindh  1-034201251st World JuniorsB33 Sicilian
20. C Aravindh vs B Arvola Notkevich  1-049201251st World JuniorsC18 French, Winawer
21. C Aravindh vs C C Rios  1-044201251st World JuniorsB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. R Gao vs C Aravindh 0-1452012World Junior ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
23. C Aravindh vs Indjic  0-1392012World Junior ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
24. B Firat vs C Aravindh  0-1432012World Junior ChampionshipB89 Sicilian
25. C Aravindh vs M Andersen  ½-½412012World Junior ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-18-14  rishi2377: How can I get the PGN of Aravindh's matches at Casino Graz 2014. He is 1/2 points behind the leader after 5 rounds.
Feb-18-14  twinlark: <rishi2377>

There are currently 154 games available via chess-results for download:

Obviously there is no guarantee these contain all the games you want.

May-17-14  BIDMONFA: Chithambaram V R Aravindh

ARAVINDH, Chithambaram

Aug-24-14  Rascal Nikov: Congrats to Aravindh, for defeating Shirov.
Aug-24-14  shivasuri4: 3 GM scalps in the Riga Technical University tournament. That will probably get him a GM norm.

Aravindh is within sniffing distance of the 2500 mark now, with a rating of 2496.

Aug-24-14  Rascal Nikov: is 2496 live rating ? how much GM norms he already has ?
Aug-24-14  shivasuri4: Yes, his live rating is 2496. I think this will be his second GM norm after the one at the Chennai Grandmaster International Open, but I can't be sure.

He becomes the second highest rated among those born in 1999, behind Wei Yi.

Aug-25-14  Galion: This is his third GM norm. First was at The 2013 Chennai Grandmaster Open which he won and second was at Kuala Lumpur International Open.
Aug-25-14  twinlark: Thanks for the info, guys. I've added to his bio to account for his title norms.
Sep-25-14  twinlark: Aravindh just passed his 2500 live rating at the World U16 Championship in Durban in South Africa. It happened in round 3 on 21 Sep, and means that he's completed all the requirements he needs for the GM title since he gained his 3rd GM norm last month.

He is now the world's youngest grandmaster, 5 months younger than the Chinese wunderkind Wei Yi.

Congratulations GM Aravindh!

Sep-30-14  twinlark: Congraturlations also on being the runner up at the World U16 championship.
Oct-02-14  twinlark:

Too early for one of the congratulations, it seems.

Aravindh played a local tourney before he got to Durban, and managed to get to 2499.4 live before he crashed and burned, losing over 20 points in the next 5 rounds.

Durban didn't make the difference it would otherwise had made.

Dec-31-14  twinlark: The latest FIDE ratings show Aravindh finally cracked the 2500 mark during the U16 Olympiad this month to fulfil the last condition needed to win his GM title a little over a month after his 15th birthday.

Congratulations to GM Aravindh!

Jan-02-15  shivasuri4: The FIDE card of Aravindh doesn't show him as a GM yet. Samuel Sevian is presently the youngest GM in the world, having obtained the title in November 2014.
Jan-02-15  twinlark: <shivasuri4>

True, but once the application is received and approved, the date of effect is the day on which the player meets all the conditions. This is spelt out in FIDE regulations. That's why it's possible for a GM never to have reached an official rating of 2500, as it is sufficient to achieve that level as a live rating to qualify for the title.

Aravindh has had 3 GM norms for months now, and has come agonisingly close (to within less than one rating point), so while he is not yet officially a Grandmaster, the upshot of these regulations is that once his title is approved, he <will have been> a Grandmaster from the 20th December 2014, the date at which he met the final criterion, namely the 2500 live rating.

As far as Sevian is concerned, he is younger than Aravindh, so the former remains the youngest GM in the world till someone younger makes the grade.

Jan-02-15  shivasuri4: Oh, I wasn't disputing your statement. I was merely wondering why the FIDE card hasn't been updated. Thanks for the info anyway, and the quick correction in Aravindh's bio.
Aug-17-15  offramp: He is the inventor and sole user of the Chithambaram Attack: 1.Nf3 1....<any> 2.Rg1.
May-28-16  sonia91: He won some weeks ago the Asian Junior Championship:
Nov-09-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Chithambaram Aravindh.

I don't like your Attack.

Dec-14-16  aliasniamor: Aravindh is currently leading the open tournament happening in London at the same time as the LCC, with 5.5/6 (2.5/3 against the GM he faced) Btw, his current rating is 2566, and he already won 8.6 rating points for next month with this performance at the national premier chess championship :

If he keeps the good results in London, he should be close to 2600 on the next rating list.

Dec-14-16  aliasniamor: And now 6.5/7 with a victory over Ilya Smirin (2669) in just 28 moves and a very well played game from Aravindh. From Smirin ... not so much
Aug-14-17  jith1207: He is the another prodigy like Praggnananda or Adhiban, who come from the same state that Vishy Anand hails from. For some reason, aravindh and Praggnananda look like twins or at least I couldn't distinguish between them.
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  Penguincw: < "Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Aravindh Chithambaram led PSPB challenge winning four out of eight games to finish with 17/18 to win the 39th National Team Chess Championship crown." >

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  Penguincw: Chithambaram finishes in a
4 way tie for 1st at Aeroflot 2020, losing out on tiebreaks.

Jun-07-22  Albertan: Aravindh Chithambaram wins second leg of the MPL Indian Tour:

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