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Vinay Bhat
V Bhat 
Photo copyright © 2009, courtesy of member "timhortons"  
Number of games in database: 220
Years covered: 1993 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2519 (2538 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2549

Overall record: +59 -52 =65 (52.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 44 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (19) 
    B23 B52 B51 B27 B30
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A45 A40 A41 E10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D31 D38 D37 D35
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D91 D80 D78 D87 D85
 Slav (8) 
    D10 D17 D16
 Semi-Slav (7) 
    D45 D47
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (29) 
    C05 C01 C12 C11 C00
 Semi-Slav (15) 
    D45 D43 D48 D44
 Slav (14) 
    D11 D17 D10 D19 D13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D30 D37 D31 D35
 French Tarrasch (11) 
    C05 C03 C04
 French (10) 
    C12 C11 C00 C10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ehlvest vs V Bhat, 2000 0-1
   T Gharamian vs V Bhat, 2001 1/2-1/2
   Robson vs V Bhat, 2009 0-1
   V Bhat vs D Aldama Degurnay, 2008 1-0
   L Altounian vs V Bhat, 2010 1/2-1/2
   V Bhat vs Wang Yue, 2002 1/2-1/2
   Y Bruned vs V Bhat, 2006 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   SPICE Cup (B Group) (2009)
   Montreal International Chess Tournament (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   Andorra Open (2001)
   Gibraltar Masters (2010)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2009)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 PRO League Group Stage
   V Bhat vs Emily Nguyen (Feb-27-19) 1-0, rapid
   C Holt vs V Bhat (Feb-27-19) 1-0, rapid
   V Bhat vs Xiong (Feb-27-19) 0-1, rapid
   Cameron Wheeler vs V Bhat (Feb-27-19) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   K Priyadharshan vs V Bhat (Feb-20-19) 1-0, rapid

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(born Jun-04-1984, 38 years old) India (federation/nationality United States of America)

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This Grandmaster from California, at the age of 10, set a new record for becoming the youngest national master of USA, breaking Robert James Fischer 's record by two years. That record has since been broken by Hikaru Nakamura. Bhat is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.

Wikipedia article: Vinay Bhat

Last updated: 2022-06-04 14:17:29

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 220  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Bhat vs R Moore  1-0151993Continental OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
2. V Bhat vs Navara  1-0341994Wch U10C02 French, Advance
3. N F Nur vs V Bhat  1-0461995Ch USA (cadets)C50 Giuoco Piano
4. Ganguly vs V Bhat  0-1381995Wch U12C26 Vienna
5. V Bhat vs K Miton  1-0391996Wch U12C55 Two Knights Defense
6. V Belov vs V Bhat  1-0331996Wch U12C41 Philidor Defense
7. V Bhat vs L A Shipman  1-0281996Hawaii opB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. V Bhat vs Blatny  0-1601996Hawaii opB15 Caro-Kann
9. Kudrin vs V Bhat  1-0571997Chicago opC42 Petrov Defense
10. V Bhat vs Henley  ½-½211997National opB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Wojtkiewicz vs V Bhat  1-04519972nd MechanicsD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. V Bhat vs E Schiller  1-0401998International TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. V Bhat vs Ashley  ½-½171998Saitek US MastersB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. Dzindzichashvili vs V Bhat  1-0441999Koltanowski Team MatchD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. V Bhat vs de Firmian  0-1431999Koltanowski Team MatchB27 Sicilian
16. Browne vs V Bhat  ½-½321999Koltanowski Team MatchD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. V Bhat vs H Akopyan  1-0411999US Junior ClosedA07 King's Indian Attack
18. M Martinez vs V Bhat  1-0771999US Junior ClosedA06 Reti Opening
19. V Bhat vs I Krush 1-0511999US Junior ClosedB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. E Perelshteyn vs V Bhat  1-0661999US Junior ClosedC42 Petrov Defense
21. V Bhat vs D Schneider  1-0401999US Junior ClosedB01 Scandinavian
22. A A Zaremba vs V Bhat  0-1551999US Junior ClosedD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. G Braylovsky vs V Bhat  ½-½401999US Junior ClosedC42 Petrov Defense
24. V Bhat vs J Shahade  0-1401999US Junior ClosedA07 King's Indian Attack
25. D Zilberstein vs V Bhat  0-1421999US Junior ClosedE09 Catalan, Closed
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Jul-31-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: Here's the ending to the above game-22.Qxd5+ Kf6 23.Ne4+ Kf5 24.Qf7+ Qf6 25.Nxd6+ Kg5 26.Qh5# Mate 1-0
Jul-31-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: forgot this one-22.Qxd5+ Kf6 23.Ne4+
Ke7 24.Qe6+ Kf8 25.Ng6# Mate 1-0
Aug-03-07  arunjangity: unfortunately, we are wrong. uschess says bot does not have the 2500 rating at any point, and has 50 points to go. no gm title.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The United States Chess League still lists Bhat as an IM. While I'm on the subject, I wish the USCL would post more games to this website. Bhat has been quite an impressive GM killer and plays with considerable elan, cheerfully sacrificing pawns against players rated almost 300 points higher, no matter how nebulous the compensation seems.
Sep-22-07  dx9293: <An Englishman> He is still an IM. He needs some Elo points to make GM.

USCL games are not rated by USCF or FIDE, so they would not be listed here.

Jan-24-08  DarthStapler: Wait so is he an IM or a GM?
Aug-03-08  myschkin: . . .

see p. 22-27
(with User: Eric Schiller )

Aug-10-08  myschkin: . . .

Interivew with IM <Vinay Bhat>, Samford Fellow, in Mainz, Germany, August 3, 2008

Apr-01-09  Dredge Rivers: BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBhat's all folks! :)
Apr-05-09  timhortons:

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving isn’t for you.

The economy is a key factor in the Ukrainian chess boom. Playing chess is a prestigious occupation and you can earn money with it. Additionally, you travel around the world. So, a professional chess player has respect, unlike in Europe or the USA. By our standards, chess is a good career.’ (Grandmaster Alexander Moiseenko in a interview).”

Although I find the average chessplayer’s income assumed here ($90,000 per year, in constant 2005 dollars)

<really?! what average he mean those 2650 elo rated player ?>

to be a bit overly optimistic, the compiled metrics still paint a clear picture of the usual distribution of top players in the world. The following table is taken directly from the paper (Table 3): R/Y is the relative income ratio (R = $90,000 for chessplayers, Y = avg annual income); WEB is the number of internet users per 1000 people (higher the WEB metric, the lower the training cost); TR is the number of FIDE-recognized tournaments (higher the TR, the lower the training cost).

Jun-21-09  timhortons: Ill do my best to get a picture of GM Bhat in the ongoing Quebec chess championship.

Hes a real nice guy.

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  fm avari viraf: My hearty Congrats for your achievements & keep going. I belong to Gujarat, Valsad.
Jun-21-09  WhiteRook48: so he's an IM
Jun-23-09  timhortons: I already sent mr freeman the picture of GM Bhat.I hope it would be posted here soon.

He is a very nice and approachable guy.

BTW I took the pic at Quebec invitational chess championship 2009 .

Jun-24-09  timhortons: mr freeman, thanks for posting the pic:)
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Jun-26-09  timhortons: Montreal 2009 Open Chess Championship

<reposted from GM Bhinay Vhat blog>

The Midway Update in Montreal

We’re a little past the midway mark of the Quebec Invitational now, so I figured it was high time to say a few words about how the tournament is going.

I arrived in Montreal about a week ago, to get in some sightseeing and adjust to the time difference. The tournament began on Friday the 19th, and it continues with one game a day every day until the 27th. The games begin at 5:30 PM – rather late in the day, I’m not totally sure why that is, as even the “working” players are not working during the event. Maybe it’s for the spectators? The last round on the 27th, though, begins at 1 PM.

The tournament site is at:

After some trouble with the DGT boards the first few days, it looks like most of them are up and running now, so the games can be tracked live.

The tournament is a 10-player round-robin with an average FIDE rating of 2411 (category 7). It was originally supposed to be a stronger event, but a couple late withdrawals meant the category went down a little bit. As it is, for most of the players, it’s stiff competition.

After 5 rounds, GM Mark Bluvshtein is leading with a perfect 5-for-5. GM Anton Kovalyov, the top seed, was held to a draw in the 5th round, so he “only” has 4.5/5. In 3rd place you can find me with 3 points.

My tournament has been a little up and down – in the first couple games, I struggled to get any real winning chances against FM Lefong Hua and IM Renier Castellanos. In the 3rd round, I was out-prepared by IM Thomas Roussel-Roozmon and emerged from the opening with a worse position. However, the position remained complicated, and when he lost his way, I managed to take advantage and win the game. But then, the following day, as white against GM Bator Sambuev, I managed to lose a long endgame that I really shouldn’t have lost. Yesterday, I bounced back with a win as black against FM Sylvain Barbeau.

There are money prizes in this event for the top 3 finishers, but one of the real special things about this event is that the top 4 finishers qualify for the Tournoi International de Montreal beginning at the end of August. The lineup for that event is filled with very strong players – the average rating of the 7 confirmed players so far is 2670 FIDE or category 17!

So with four rounds to go, I’m in decent position to qualify. I still have to play the two highest and two lowest rated players though – black against GMs Kovalyov and Bluvshtein and white against FM Francois Leveille and NM Ling Feng Ye (who qualified by winning an open tournament the weekend before the round-robin began). After the tournament is over, I’ll try and post some games or fragments.

Jul-04-09  pulsar: <timhortons> Thank you for GM Bhat's photo!
Jul-06-09  timhortons:

Last I blogged, I had 3.0/5 in the Quebec Invitational with 4 games to go. In round 6, I had the white pieces against Francois Leveille. As Dana Mackenzie noted in the comments to the previous post, Francois had won a game with quadrupled f-pawns against the American IM Jay Bonin in the 1990s!

Here’s a position from that crazy game:

I hadn’t noticed this game in my preparation for him, as I was playing him with the white pieces, but it’s pretty amazing to get quadrupled pawns in one game. I can’t remember ever having it, even in a casual game!

My own game with Leveille was less exciting – it finished in 17 moves when he realized he would be lucky to escape just down a piece. In the following position, he played 15…a6?:

There are a few tactical motifs to notice here. The first is that the queen on d7 is only guarded by the knight on f6, so if the knight leaves, then White’s queen will be pinning the knight on c6. The other is that the queen and bishop on h5 can potentially both be hit from the d5-square. This motivates the following combination starting with 16.Nxd5!. If now 16…Nxd5, 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.Rxd5 hits queen and bishop; the pawn on c6 can’t capture the rook because the queen on d7 is now hanging, while the queen can’t find a square that is safe and guards the bishop on h5. Thus, Black loses a piece.

That bumped me up to 4.0/6 and in the next round, I had the black pieces against GM Anton Kovalyov. He was born in Ukraine, then grew up in Argentina, before moving to Montreal a couple years ago. At only 17 years and 2571 FIDE, he is clearly quite talented. I was a little bit worse after the opening, but thanks to some precise defense and tactical shots, I managed to equalize and accepted his peace offering. I now had 4.5/7.

In round 8, I had the white pieces against the lowest rated player in the tournament, Ling Feng Ye. He had won a qualifying tournament the day before the Quebec Invitational started to get the last spot in the event! I got some advantage after the opening, then threw it away and had to work hard to get an advantage back. I didn’t let the advantage go a second time, though, and the win pushed me up to 5.5/8. With Roussel-Roozmon’s win over Sambuev, this meant that I was guaranteed a top-4 finish and one of the qualification spots in the prestigious Montreal International. However, Roussel-Roozmon could still catch me with a win in the last round, so I definitely had something to play for.

In the last round, I had the black pieces against GM Mark Bluvshtein of Toronto. He was leading the tournament at that point, with a whopping 7.0 out of 8 games. As a credit to him, though, he wasn’t looking for a quick draw to finish the tournament. In fact, he had the option of repeating the position for a third time (with Nd4-f5/Re8-e6) and turned it down here:

White can double Black’s pawns on f6, but the problem then is what to do afterwards. There is no easy way to target the pawns, and Black can play against some of White’s weaknesses (the c4-square, the b4-pawn, the e4-pawn, etc). With a 22-minute to 2-minute advantage to reach move 40, Mark decided to push by playing 25.f4?!. However, after 25…Nc4, Black is already on his way to seizing the initiative. The game concluded quickly and brutally: 26.e5 Ra3 27.Qb1 Nd5 28.Nxd5 cxd5 29.Bf3 (on 29.Nxb5, Black has 29…Ra4 and the b4-pawn can’t be saved) h6 30.Bh4 Qa7 31.Kh1:

Now I dropped the hammer on him with 31…Rxf3!. After 32.Nxf3 d4!, the bishop on b7 is alive and kicking. Mark played 33.Rf1, but after 33…Qa3, he threw in the towel. There’s no good way to defend the knight on f3. For example, 34.Kg2 allows 34…Nd2, with a very strong fork.

That win brought me to 6.5/9 and clear third place in the event. Kovalyov won his last game to move up to 7.5, while Mark was in second with 7.0. Roussel-Roozmon got the last qualification spot with 5.5.

The Montreal International begins at the end of August and features an all-star cast headed by French super-GM Etienne Bacrot (2728 FIDE!). The average rating of the 8 seeded players (not those of us who qualified) is 2664 FIDE, which makes it a category 17 event! With us included, it drops to a category 15 event. The website for that event is at:

As for me, the chess continues with the World Open in Philadelphia. I’m in the 7-day schedule which started tonight – I drew against GM Vladimir Potkin (2621 FIDE, 2721 USCF). It’s been a long time since I played up in the first round of a swiss tournament!

Sep-21-09  timhortons: Great game against robson!

GM bhat game at montreal has ups and down, i strongly believe he gonna pick up the pace soon and will be a strong 2600 player.

[Event "SPICE Cup 2009"]
[Site "Lubbock USA"]
[Date "2009.09.22"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Robson, Ray"]
[Black "Bhat, Vinay S"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C96"]
[WhiteElo "2527"]
[BlackElo "2474"]
[PlyCount "104"]
[EventDate "2009.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Nd7 12. Nbd2 exd4 13. cxd4 Nc6 14. d5 Nce5 15. a4 Rb8 16. Nh2 Ng6 17. g3 Nf6 18. h4 h5 19. f4 Bg4 20. Nxg4 Nxg4 21. Nf3 Re8 22. e5 Nf8 23. Bf5 Qb6 24. Kg2 Rbd8 25. Nh2 Nxh2 26. Kxh2 c4 27. Be3 Qb7 28. e6 Bf6 29. axb5 Qxb5 30. Qxh5 Re7 31. Re2 fxe6 32. dxe6 d5 33. Bd2 d4 34. Ra5 Qb6 35. g4 d3 36. Rg2 Bxb2 37. Be4 Qd4 38. Re5 c3 39. Be3 Qxe3 40. Bh7+ Nxh7 41. Rxe3 d2 42. Qc5 Rxe6 43. Rxe6 d1=Q 44. g5 Nf8 45. Re7 Qh5 46. Qc4+ Kh8 47. f5 c2 48. f6 c1=Q 49. fxg7+ Bxg7 50. Qxc1 Qxh4+ 51. Kg1 Bd4+ 52. Kf1 Qh1+ 0-1

Robson,R - Bhat,V, SPICE Cup 2009 2009

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1. (-5.30): 48.Rxc2 Rd4[]
2. (-12.39): 48.Qxc2 Qxh4+

Sep-21-09  timhortons: heres GM bhat blog entry about his tournament in montreal 2009.

After 9 rounds, I had 5.0/9 along with a performance rating of around 2660. In round 10, I had the white pieces against GM Alexander Moiseenko (2682 FIDE). Moiseenko came in as one of higher seeds, but after his first round loss to Bluvshtein (from what seemed to be a winning position), he had trouble finding his bearings. It took him until the 9th round to score his first win of the event!

Unfortunately, this meant that by the time we met, he had his first taste of blood in the event and he was looking to recover as many rating points as he could. He surprised me with the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, but even though he seemed to know the opening theory better than me,

I managed to get a nice positional advantage. I slowly increased my advantage until he felt he had no choice but to jettison a pawn and hope for chances with some tactics in my mild time pressure. His gamble turned out to be right.

We had the following position on the board after 29…h5-h4: click the link to read more

Sep-30-09  timhortons: GM bhat at spice cup group B 2009

Perelshteyn, Eugene
* ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 6

Bhat, Vinay
½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 6

Finegold, Benjamin
0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 6

4. Robson, Ray
½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5½

5. Papp, Gabor
½ ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 5

Rensch, Daniel
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 4

Kuljasevic, Davorin
½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 4

Antal, Gergely
0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * 1 1 4

9. Diamant, Andre
0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 2½

Ippolito, Dean
½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 2

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  Tabanus: He came third today (with 7/9 as four others) in the quite strong Seville Open (Spain):

Jun-04-10  wordfunph: <tim> good shot of Vinay Bhat! hoping for your CG comeback..

btw, Vinay is a certified GM with current rating of 2547 and a career-high of 2549..

he turns 26 today...happy birthday GM Bhat!

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  Tabanus: Placed 4th in the Open Ciutat de Balaguer (Spain) 19-27 July 2010:

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