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Aaron, Manuel

Manuel Aaron was India’s first modern master and first International Master.  He was born in Toungoo, Burma (now Myanmar) on December 30, 1935 and became an International Master in 1961 (the next Indian International Master was V. Ravi in 1978).  He grew up in Tamil Nadu, India.  In 1960 he had a 2509 performance rating at the Leipzig Chess Olympiad (he defeated Max Euwe).  In 1961, he won the Arjuna Award for Indian sportsmen, the first chess player so honored.  In 1962 he took last place out of 23 players in the Stockholm Interzonal (but he did defeat Lajos Portisch and Wolfgang Uhlmann).  He became an International Arbiter in 1986.  His highest Elo rating was 2420.  His current Elo rating is 2315.  He has won the state of Tamil Nadu (Madras) 11 times betwen 1957 and 1982.   He won the India National Championship 9 times (1959, 1961, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, and 1981).  These records still stands.  He played with the Indian team at the 1960, 1962, and 1964 Chess Olympiads.  He has been the Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Chess Association and the chairman of the All India Chess Federation.  He is the director of the Aaron Chess Academy, India’s first chess academy and the founder (1982) and editor of Chess Mate magazine.

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