A. Erigaisi

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A. Erigaisi


Arjun Erigaisi (3 September 2003) is a young Indian chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he earned the grandmaster title at the age of 14 years, 11 months and 13 days, making him one of the youngest players in chess history to achieve the grandmaster title. He is the 54th Indian GM.

He won his country's National Championship in 2022.

In 2015, Arjun won the silver medal at the Asian Junior Championship 2015 in Korea. In 2018, he became the first grandmaster from the Indian state of Telangana.

It was a strong year for Arjun Erigaisi, as he became the first Indian to qualify for the Goldmoney Asian Rapid of the Champions Chess Tour 2021 ahead of Alireza Firouzja, Daniil Dubov, Peter Svidler and Vidit Gujrathi, only losing to Levon Aronian in a very close game.

In October 2021, Arjun came second in the Under-21 Junior Chess Championship (Classical) held in Bulgaria. He scored 7/9 points, together with Alexey Sarana.

In November 2021, Arjun came 3rd in the Lindores Blitz Tournament in Riga ahead of players like Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, David Navara, Daniil Dubov, Peter Svidler and many others. Later that month, Arjun won the Rapid section of the Tata Steel India Chess Tournament (Rapid and Blitz). He scored 6.5/9 points, ahead of Vidit Gujrathi, Levon Aronian, Sam Shankland and Lá Quang Lim. He scored the final victory by beating Levon Aronian.

In January 2022, Arjun won Tata Steel Chess 2022 Challengers, qualifying him to play in the elite section of the upcoming Tata Steel Chess tournament. His final score was 10.5/13 and his tournament performance was 2800 ELO points.

In March 2022, he was crowned India’s National Champion by winning the 58th Indian National Championship 2022 with a score of 8.5/11. In addition, in March Arjun won the 19th Delhi Open to Gukesh D and Harsha Bharathakoti in the tie-break after they all scored 8.5/10.

In April 2022, he took part in the first tournament of the Indian Chess Tour organised by Chess24 and won with a round to spare and a score of 30/45 (+8=6 -1).

In August 2022, Arjun won the 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival with 7.5/9 and a performance rating of 2893 ELO points.

In December 2022, Arjun won Tata Steel Chess India 2022 Blitz with 12.5/18, which was his third win in Tata Steel events to date.

He had a brilliant performance at the FIDE Grand Prix, Isle of Man, and managed to place among the top 20 players in the world at the age of 20.

In 2024 he will play for the first time in León against the world champions Anand, his idol, Topalov and the champion of the Magistral 2023, the GM from León, Jaime Santos.