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GM Nihal Sarin

Nihal Sarin
Full name
Nihal Sarin
Jul 13, 2004 (age 18)‎
Place of birth
Thrissur, Kerala, India



The name Sarin is a patronymic, and the player should be referred to by the given name, Nihal.

Nihal Sarin is an Indian chess prodigy who became a grandmaster at the age of 14 and is currently in the top 10 players of his country (as of April 2021). In 2013, Nihal won the U-10 World Blitz Championship. A year later, he won the U-10 World Youth Chess Championship with a score of 9/11.

In 2020, Nihal had impressive results. He won's Junior Speed Chess Championship, the gold medal as part of the Indian team in the FIDE Chess Olympics, and the U-18 World Youth Championship. In December 2021, Nihal reached a rating of 2662, his peak as of August 2022.

Nihal was a bronze medalist for the Indian team at the 2022 FIDE Chess Olympiad., scoring 7.5/10 in his individual games for a performance rating of 2774. Later in the year he was a finalist in the Global Championship, earning $100,000, and the winner of the Tata Steel India Rapid tournament.

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