Age: 19 Years Hometown: Telangana Marital Status: Unmarried
|Famous for||Winning the 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival in August 2022|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 161 cm
in meters– 1.61 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 3”
|FIDE rating||2725 (September 2022)|
|Ranking||No. 24 (September 2022)|
• 2015: Asian Youth Championship
• 2018: World Youth Under-16 chess tournament
• 2022: Chess Olympiad
|Date of Birth||3 September 2003 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||19 Years|
|School||Shine High School, Hanmakonda|
|College/University||He is a college dropout.|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Data Science The Bridge|
|Parents||Father– Dr. E. Srinivas Rao (neurosurgeon)
Mother– E. Jyothi
Some Lesser Known Facts About Arjun Erigaisi
- Arjun Erigaisi is an Indian chess prodigy who is known for winning the 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival in August 2022.
- Arjun started playing chess with his friends for fun, but later, he became passionate about the game. When he started winning tournaments, his father decided to make provide him chess training at the age of eleven. He joined Race Academy at Kothapet, SBI Colony in 2015.
Arjun Erigaisi as a child
- His first victory as a chess player was in the under-nine selection tournament in 2011 in which he was a runner-up.
- In 2012, he won gold in the State U-11 selections in Rajahmundry.
- In 2014, he won gold in the Ahmedabad National U-13 championship.
- In 2016, he was given the title of Candidate Master by the FIDE list.
- In 2018, he became the first grandmaster at the age of fourteen from Telangana state. In an interview, he talked about his achievement and said,
It’s a proud feeling and I am very happy. I worked very hard to achieve this. I had to compete with several tough players during the tournament. But I am glad I eventually won. I ran and hugged my mom when I learnt I had become a Grandmaster.”
- In 2021, he became the first Indian to qualify for the Goldmoney Asian Rapid of the Champions Chess Tour.
- In October 2021, he held the second position at the Junior U21 Round Table Open Chess Championship.
- In November 2021, he held the third position at the Lindores Abbey Blitz Tournament.
- Later in November, he was the runner-up in the rapid and blitz section of the Tata Steel India Chess Tournament. In an interview, he talked about the tournament and said,
I was delighted to get that opportunity in the blitz, as I would have preferred it in the first place, to the rapid event. I never expected to win the rapid tournament; I would have been happy with a third.”
- In January 2022, he won Tata Steel Chess 2022 Challengers.
Arjun Erigaisi after winning Tata Steel Challengers 2022
- In March 2022, he won the MPL National Championship of India and gained the title of Indian National Champion.
Arjun Erigaisi after winning MPL National Championship 2022
- Later in March 2022, he won the 19th Delhi Open.
Arjun Erigaisi after winning 19th Delhi Open 2022
- In August 2022, he won a silver medal in the Chess Olympiad. In an interview, he talked about this and said,
Competing in the maiden Chess Olympiad was a great experience. Since this was my first Olympiad, I wanted to make it a memorable one. As a team, we had better expectations. We were on course for a medal but we missed it. It was disappointing. But individually, I am happy with my performance. Winning silver in the individual category was satisfying.”
Arjun Erigaisi with his silver medal in the Chess Olympiad 2022
- In 2022, he became the seventh Indian to cross the 2700 ELO rating in the Chess Olympiad.
- Arjun practices for nine hours a day through online training from Israeli coach Mikhalevski Victor.
- In an interview, he said that he used to travel a lot for the tournaments due to which he could not attend school for months. He further said that his principal and teachers have always encouraged him.
- According to Arjun, chess has helped him to improve his calculations. In an interview, he said,
I became good at logical thinking and reasoning. I think most of the chess players feel the same way. One of my biggest challenges was handling failure. Initially, I used to feel bad after losing and my parents would cheer me up. But after a couple of years, I have learnt how to fight back.”
- In 2018, he contributed Rs. 50,000 to provide help to people who were suffering due to the floods in Kerala.
- In January 2020, Arjun Erigaisi took part in the MicroSense Kramnik Gelfand Programme in Chennai.
Arjun Erigaisi attends MicroSense Kramnik Gelfand Programme 2020
- In an interview, he said that he wanted sponsors for himself as his parents had done enough to support him. In the interview, he further added,
My parents have been taking care of my expenses, but I think it would be great if that burden is softened by some sponsors. Chess at the highest level is very expensive.”
- Arjun is a very soft-spoken person. In an interview, his coach Srinath Narayanan talked about him and said,
In general, he is very innocent and he likes chess a lot so in that sense, it’s very easy and pleasant to work with him. He is like a clean slate, he can observe whatever you tell him, teach him, and show him. I think that’s one of the most pleasant aspects of working with him.”