(full name Chirukandath Manoj Arjun Vishnuvardhan, born ) is an Indian chess
prodigy who is a young International Master
in the United States of America. At his 15 years of age, in May 2006, he became the National Game-60 Chess Champion of the entire United States, by beating the top International Master
Edward Formanek, a professor of mathematics in Pennsylvania University
. This phenomenal victory over the top International Master made Arjun to become the youngest National Game 60 Champion of the United States
. One month before his 17th birthday, Arjun became the youngest ever Keralite to become an International Master.
Arjun was born in Kerala
and started playing chess when he was 8 years old. He was the State Champion for Under-18 years and Under-9 years. He posted the National record in India in the year of 2000, by becoming the youngest International FIDE
rated player of the country.
In 2001, he won the British Junior Under-11 Championship held at Scarborough
, United Kingdom
. In 2002, Arjun won the Under-16 Youth Championship from Middle East. When he was 11, he again made the history in chess by defeating a Grandmaster
, Iuldachev Saidali
in a simultaneous chess competition held in the United Arab Emirates
to become the youngest ever chess player of India to defeat a Grandmaster in a simul chess competition outside India
After a break of one year from chess, he successfully came back to the International chess circuit in 2004. He... Read More