Karnataka's Proud International Masters:

1. IM D V Prasad (ELO 2363)

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Karnataka's first International Master D V Prasad also an Arjuna Awardee in the year 1987 by Govt. of India.

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2. IM Ravi Gopal Hegde (ELO 2209)

IM Ravi Gopal Hege is Karnataka's 2nd International Master and is employed with Indian Bank, Mumbai.


3. IM Thej Kumar MS (ELO 2412) DOB 01.01.1981

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International Master Thej Kumar MS of Mysore, a former Karnataka State Chess Champion and National 'A' player completed his third and final IM norm in April 2008 to become International Master. The third IM norm was gained in Kolkata Grandmaster Chess tournament. Born on the 1st of January, 1981, Thej Kumar hails from Mysore and is employed with SW Railways on Sports Quota. He reached his career best rating of 2467 in September 2009 and having 3 GM norms in his cap. Currently waiting to reach the elite mark of 2500 ELO to become Karnataka's first Grandmaster.

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4. IM Shivananda BS (ELO 2382) DOB 23.April.1976

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Hailing from a remote village beleyur of sagar taluk in shimoga district, this international master is a full time chess professional and still very much active. He also has one GRAND MASTER norm .His highest rating of 2467 points in 2005 (still an all-time record for a Karnataka player) was equaled only recently. He has won close to a dozen national open tournaments and has got runner up positions in another eight tourneys. He is a multiple times winner of numerous Karnataka championships & open tournaments. He is also a well-known coach. Some of his successful students include former world u/8 champion, world u/10 silver medalist, u/13 Asian champion, u/16 commonwealth champion, u/17 national champion, national women's champion, national blind champion and a few other state champions.

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5. IM Stany GA (ELO 2432) DOB 1993

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Stany hails from Shimoga started playing chess at the age of 8, joined Nalanda Chess Academy in the city where he was trained under Srikrishna Udupa. He made his 3rd and final IM norm in 4th Rethymno International Chess Tournament in Rethymno, Greece from July 7 to 14 2012. He is pursuing final year B.Com at PES Institute of Advanced Management Studies in the city. Earlier he had won silver medal in under-18 Asian Chess Championship of 2011 held in Philippines and had secured fourth position in Under 18 World Chess Championship held in the same year in Brazil.

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6. IM Viani Antonio D'Cunha (ELO 2410)

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Recipient of the Ekalavya Awardee for Chess in 2011, Viani Antonio D'Cunha of South Canara and a student of R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore has achieved the title International Master in Abu Dhabi Chess Festival - International Masters Tournament held from 21st to 29th August 2016. Viani Antonio D’cunha achieved his International Master title by attaining the required rating of 2400 in the last round against International Master Fawzy Adham of Egypt. Thus he is the first and only International Master in Chess from South Canara District. Viani has achieved 5 International Master (required for the title 3) norms out of which 3 norms were achieved in previous Abu Dhabi events. With the rating of 2346, he increased 41 points in Czech Open 2016 and 23 in Abu Dhabi Masters and now has a live rating of 2410.


7. Raghunandan K S (ELO 2423)

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Karnataka State Open 2016 Champion, Raghunandan K S made his first IM norm in 40 Open International d’Escacs Vila de Stiges Spain which was held from 2014-07-22 to 2014-07-31 the second IM norm was from 9th KIIT Intl Chess Festival Bhubaneshwar 2016-05-23 to 2016-05-30 the final and the third IM norm came from 9th Mumbai Mayor`s Cup Intl Open GM Mumbai 2016-06-02 to2016-06-09.