Adhiban Becomes India’s 23rd Grandmaster

Final norm at the Olomouc International tournament

Chennai: National champion B. Adhiban of Chennai became India’s 23rd Grandmaster when he completed the final GM norm in style by winning the Olomouc International tournament in the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Adhiban had completed the first Grandmaster norm by winning the National “A” chess championship in Mumbai last year. He completed the second norm at the SCS International Open in Bhubaneswar in May.

At Olomouc, Adhiban scored seven points from his nine games in the 10-player all-play-all, and won with a round to spare. He remained undefeated, making four draws and scored five wins. His wins included those over GMs Konstantin Chernyshov and Marek Vokac.

The 1992-born Adhiban was World under-16 champion in 2008 and had played a key role in India winning the World Youth Chess Olympiad in the same year. He was also a member of India’s bronze medal-winning Indian team in the World Team championship this year.


B. Adhiban

Adhiban is supported by Indian Oil Corporation and trained by K. Visweswaran of Chennai, said his father Baskaran.

Final placings: 1. IM B. Adhiban 7/9; 2. GM K. Chernyshov (RUS) 6.5; 3. GM Marek Vokac (CZE) 5.5; 4. GM V. Talla (CZE), 5; 5.IM Jan Krejci (CZE), 5; 6. IM D. Semcesen (SWE) 4.5; 7. IM Pavel Simacek (CZE) 4; 8. FM G. Oparin (RUS), 2.5; 9. WGM Monika Krupa (POL), 2.5; 10. IM A. Payen (FRA) 2.5.

Article by Arvind Aaron for The Hindu