Gukesh D Age, Family, Biography

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Age: 18 Years
Hometown: Chennai
Father: Rajnikanth

Gukesh D

Birth nameDommaraju Gukesh [1]The Bridge
ProfessionChess player
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
FIDE rating2699 (August 2022)

Note: In March 2019, he became the third-youngest person in history to qualify for the title of Grandmaster by FIDE. [2]
Medals/Trophies• Won in the U-9 category of the Asian School Chess Championships (2015) in Singapore
• Won the 31st National U-11 Open Chess Championship (2017) in Pune, Maharashtra
• Won in the U-12 category at the World Cadets Chess Championship (2018) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
• 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 the Asian Youth Chess Championships 2018
• Won the Gelfand Challenge in Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour in June 2021
• Individual gold medal at the Chess Olympiad (2022)

Note: At Chess Olympiad (2022), his efforts led the Indian team to win the bronze medal following a strong performance with eight consecutive wins in the first eight rounds. However, he blundered a loss in the 10th round to the Uzbek team led by Nodirbek Abdusattorov.
Coach/MentorVishnu Prasanna
Personal Life
Date of Birth29 May 2006 (Monday)
Age (as of 2024) 18 Years
Zodiac signGemini
SchoolVelammal Vidyalaya, Mel Ayanambakkam, Chennai
ParentsFather- Rajnikanth (ENT surgeon)
Gukesh D with his father
Mother- Padma (microbiologist)
Gukesh D with his mother
Chess player(s)Bobby Fischer, Viswanathan Anand
ActorVijay Sethupathi
Gukesh D

Some Lesser Known Facts About Gukesh D

  • Gukesh D is an Indian chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he became the third-youngest person in history to qualify for the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in March 2019. On 16 October 2022, at the age of 16, he gained popularity for becoming the youngest player ever to defeat the world champion Magnus Carlsen; he beat Carlsen in a game at the Aimchess Rapid Tournament.
  • He started learning chess at the age of seven in 2013. In an 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. He is a fussy eater at home, but eats whatever he gets while travelling for competitions.”

  • In March 2018, he was given the title of International Master at Cappelle-la-Grande Open.
  • At the age of 12 years, 7 months, and 17 days, he became the second-youngest grandmaster in history in 2019. 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.
  • His father gave up on his job to focus on Gukesh’s game. 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.”

  • In an interview, his father said that when Gukesh started playing chess, he followed R Praggnanandhaa‘s style of play.
  • On 22 April 2024, he became the youngest-ever chess championship contender after his game with Hikaru Nakamura ended in a draw.