Gukesh D is an Indian chess player who is known for bagging an individual gold medal at the Chess Olympiad in August 2022. His strong performance led the Indian team to win the bronze medal in the olympiad. A chess prodigy, he became the third-youngest person in history to qualify for the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in March 2019.
Dommaraju Gukesh The Bridge was born on Monday, 29 May 2006 (age 16 years; as of 2022) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He attended Velammal Vidyalaya, Mel Ayanambakkam, Chennai. Gukesh started playing chess at the age of seven
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Parents & Siblings
Gukesh’s father’s name is Rajnikanth, who is an ENT surgeon.
His mother’s name is Padma, who is a microbiologist.
His FIDE rating is 2699 as of August 2022. In 2015, he won the Asian School Chess Championships in the under-9 category. In 2017, he participated in the 31st National U-11 Open Chess Championship and won the title in the under-11 category in Pune.
In 2018, he competed and won in the under-12 category at the World Cadets Chess Championship held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
In March 2018, he won the title of International Master at Cappelle-la-Grande Open. He won five gold medals in U-12 individual rapid and blitz, U-12 team rapid and blitz, and the U-12 individual classical formats at Asian Youth Chess Championships 2018.
In 2019, he became the second-youngest grandmaster in history at the age of 12 years, 7 months, and 17 days. However, when the American chess player Abhimanyu Mishra became the youngest player ever to qualify for the grandmaster title on 30 June 2021, Gukesh D became the third-youngest grandmaster in history. In June 2021, he won the Gelfand Challenge in Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour. In 2022, he won an individual gold medal at the Chess Olympiad. He led the Indian team to win the bronze medal following a strong performance with eight consecutive wins in the first eight rounds, but he blundered a loss in the 10th round to the Uzbek team led by Nodirbek Abdusattorov.
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- He takes training under Vishnu Prasanna.
- In an interview, his mother said that Gukesh showed tantrums at home while eating food, but he ate whatever he got during the tournaments. In the interview, his mother talked about his passion for chess and said,
He became crazy about chess from a very young age. The passion only grew stronger with each passing year, but not at the expense of other interests. He also follows and plays cricket, reads books (mostly biographies of sportspersons), plays badminton and table tennis, and enjoys get-togethers with friends and family during his time off from the board.”
- In an interview, he said that his father was his biggest supporter because he left his job as a doctor to accompany Gukesh to his tournaments. In an interview, his father talked about this and said,
It was quite tough to handle my profession and his career. I took a backseat to support my son. My wife goes to work. It’s quite tough but when you get these results we are happy for all the sacrifices we have done for him.”
- According to his father, Gukesh followed R Praggnanandhaa’s style of play during the initial days of his career.