Srija Seshadri from Chess Gurukul in under 16 girls category at WYCC13, Al Ain
GK Monnisha from Chess Gurukul in under 16 girls category, WYCC13, Al Ain
Chess Gurukuls studens at WYCC13, Al Ain. From left GM Ramesh, Srija Seshadri, Mahalakshmi, GK Mossnisha, Michelle Catherina, Ram Aravind and Priyanka K
Chess Gurukul's Pranav Vijay in under 14 boys category at WYCC13, Al Ain
2nd seed Ram Aravind in under 10 category of WYCC13, Al Ain
GM Ramesh with students Aravindh Chithambaram, Pranav Vijay and NR Visakh at WYCC13, Al Ain
World under 10 girls champion Saina Salonika, trains under GM Ramesh, WYCC13, Al Ain

ChessGurukul was established in 2008 at Chennai, India under Grand Master Ramesh RB's support and guidance with the vision of producing quality chess champions. We don't just produce champions, we mould hard-working, ambitious, responsible and ultimately self-reliant human beings at ChessGurukul. It's been a short period of time since our inception, but we've come a long way to produce champions in the international arena.

We host experienced trainers and an exceptional academy ambience. Through the years, we have been able to produce a handful of International and Grand Masters, your child could be the next! Join us today!

Ankit Rajpara to become Grand Master

India's International Master Ankit Rajpara from Gujarat will become India's latest Grand Master after winning the Cannes International Open tournament at France. He drew his final round game against top seeded Chinese GM Li Chao with black pieces to aggregate 7 points out of 9 rounds.

Ankit earned a Grand Master norm for his efforts with an outstanding rating performance of 2716 in 9 rounds. Ankit had recently made his second Grand Master norm at the recently concluded Graz International open tournament in Austria. It is incredible that Ankit made 2 consecutive GM norms in under a month!

Ankit has been training with Chess Gurukul's Grand Master R.B.Ramesh for a while now. Chess Gurukul wishes Ankit many more success in the years to come.

Full results here


Aravindh Chithambaram completes International Master requirements!

Chess Gurukul's Aravindh Chithambaram scored two back to back International Master norms in the Graz International open tournament at Austria and Cannes International open tournament at France and fulfilled all the requirements to become an International Master.

Aravindh had recently won the Chennai International open tournament towards the end of 2013. Aravindh drew his final round game against Grand Master Keith Arkell in the final round of the Cannes open to finish with an ELO performance of 2487.

Full results here


Nikilesh GK wins Karnataka state chess championship

Nikilesh GK won the boys Karnataka state chess championship on 17 Feb 2014. Nikilesh beat Arjun Khandelwal in the final round to score full 8 points out of 8 rounds, winning title.

"Nikilesh likes tactical positions and he is making rapid strides in all facets of game" quoted coach Eashwar who has been training Nikilesh for the last 4 months.


ChessGurukul Charitable Trust helps upcoming chess players

Chessgurukul Charitable Trust, established in April 2013 has been helping promising chess players. Our first venture was to support Priyanka participate in the World Youth U-14 Chess Championship. It was made possible by our well wishers and friends, who came up to help her last year.

Now, we have taken up Aravindh Chidambaram, the winner of the Chennai Open Chess Tournament 2013. He has recently left India to participate in a series of European tournaments beginning mid-february.
Here's his schedule:

  1. 1. Internationales CASINO OPEN GRAZ - 2014, AUSTRIA. 14 - 21 Feb 2014.
  2. 2. 28th CANNES WINTER OPEN - 2014, FRANCE. 23 Feb - 02 Mar 2014.
  3. 3. NI REYKJAVIK OPEN - 2014, ICELAND. 04 - 03 Mar 2014.

Again, this was all possible for Aravindh because of the support of our friends, who actively campaigned for him. Our Special thanks to Chessbase for publishing an article on Aravindh which helped spread the awareness about Aravindh and the campaign. Apart from the above tournaments, he is to play in Malaysia in April and Saint Lui, US in May.

Incidentally our Chessgurukul Team and Aravindh had a tough time just before he left as his ageing 5 years old laptop died and we had to make an alternative arrangement in a span of a few hours. As the Bhagawath Gita says, we assume what had happened was for good and what will happen is also for good. Chessgurukul wishes Aravindh all the very best in for his events!


Divyesh Kumar Anand Wins K-3 U600 Greater Chicago Championship

Divyesh Kumar Anand, our online student has won the K-3 U600 Greater Chicago Chess Championship on 2 February 2014. Divyesh scored 4 points out of 5 rounds to win the tournament. 6 Year old Divyesh is trained by our Coach Paul Arokiaraj. Divyesh is very talented and a hardworking student whom we can look forward to winning more titles in the future.


Srija Seshadri and Vaisnav win the State Under 17 Championships

M Vaisnav of Tirupur and Srija Seshadri of ChessGurukul won the Nr Krishnama Raja trophy for boys and Arasan Fireworks trophy for girls in the Sri Kaliswari College 25th TN State Under-17 Chess Championships organised by Sivakasi Chess Club and Rajapalayam Chess Club at Rajapalayam in January 2014.

U Ashwini of ChessGurukul finished 3rd with 6 points and qualified for the National U-17 Girls Chess tournament to be held later this year. S Prasanna of Chessgurukul finished 2nd in the Boys section and qualified for the nationals to represent Tamilnadu.

In the final round, Vaisnav drew his game with S. Yogit of Chennai to collect 7.5 points from 9 games. Second seed S Prasanna of Kanchi district drew with M Eashwar of Coimbatore to finish the runner-up. V Hariharan, secretary, All India Chess Federation distributed the prizes and M Ephrame, Joint Secretary, TN State Chess Association presided the closing ceremony.


Priyanka ready for World Youth Championship!

K.Priyanka is getting ready for the world youth chess championship to be held shortly in AL AIN in December. We thank our friends Ms.Gayathri, Mr.Mahesh Chandran and Mr.Nagappan for accepting to sponsor her expenses during the event in Al Ain. We are looking for interested friends to sponsor her Air fare in part or full.

Priyanka is progressing well in the last 6 months(increased over 180 ELO points) and is all set to do well in the upcoming event. She will be playing in the U-14 Girls category in the tournament.

With a little bit of help, Priyanka is sure to go places in the chess field!


Aravindh Chidambaram makes his maiden GM norm!

Aravindh Chidambaram of ChessGurukul made his maiden Grand Master norm at the ongoing Chennai Open Chess tournament at Nehru Stadium on 21st November 2013. He scored 7.5 points out of 9 rounds demolishing 3 GMs and 2 IMs on his way.

His rating performance after round 9 was 2726 and he leads the tournament with 2 rounds to go. He faces GM Shyam Sundar, also from ChessGurukul in the 10th Round today.

His GM norm came at the time when four times World women chess champion GM Susan Polgar visited Chessgurukul. Mrs. Susan congratulated Aravindh and wished him good luck for his future endeavours.


GM Ramesh RB in the Official Commentary Team of FWCM 2013!

GM Ramesh RB will be joining GM Susan Polgar, IM Lawrence Trent and IM Tania Sachdev in the official commentary team of
the FIDE World Chess Championship Match (FWCM) 2013.

You can enjoy the live commentary and game broadcast through the official website


Simul with Magnus Carlsen!

A few of our lucky ChessGurukul students got an opportunity to duel GM Magnus Carlsen during his pre-world championship visit to Chennai. We give you three games here, more coming soon!


We classify our students into four groups viz., A, B, C and D, based on their playing strength. One-time, non-refundable registration fee at the time of admission: Rs 2000 INR

  Fee Structure  
Group Eligibility (ELO) Fee (INR) Primary Trainer
A Beginners Rs 1500 E Balachander
& Usha
B 1200-1400 Rs 2000 J Sridhar
C 1400-1800 Rs 3000 GM Ramesh RB
D >1800 Rs 3000 GM Ramesh RB
ELO is the International rating scale for chess players(FIDE). Fee is charged per month.
Group ABCD
SUN 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MON 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
TUE 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
WED 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
THU 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
SAT 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Yellow slots indicate activity hours.
There will be special training camps on weekends and prior to major events.

We're also specialised in training students online, across all ages and levels. We've trained students from countries like USA, UK, Cyprus, South Africa, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and many more. The online crew of trainers are experienced chess players and focus on guiding the student in the right path. We'll allocate the right trainer based on the level of the student.

How does it work?

  • Medium of instruction: English, Tamil if required.
  • Technical Requirements:

Contact us for more details!

Q. What is the best age to start playing chess?

It depends on the individual. Talks are going on to introduce National, Asian and World Chess Championships for kids below 6 years of age. With that in view, we believe that the ideal age to start chess is between 5 to 6, provided the child shows some interest towards the game.

Q. How important is the role of a parent? What can I do to help my child's progress in chess?

A strong chess player is moulded by the cumulative efforts of the player himself/herself, parents, trainers, sponsors, school and so on. But primarily, a child looks up to his/her parents for material resources and emotional needs.

As a parent you can...

  • play with your child and develop the interest and confidence in the game.
  • be a mentor and motivate your child by narrating insipiring stories and events.
  • purchase chess material for individual practice at home.
  • instil the importance of learning the right things well.
  • prevent your child from racing towards victory through shortcuts and instead encourage him/her to earn it through hard work and commitment.
  • plan everything to balance the time between academics, training and tournaments.
  • identify the right trainer for individual training when your child reaches a certain level.
  • identify the tournaments to participate and plan intense training sessions for preparation before a tournament.
  • persuade the school to support your child's chess ventures.
  • teach them the importance of individual practice at home.
  • help your child handle expected and unexpected results in a balanced way. Chess is a sport, so winning and losing is completely normal.

Q. How important is it to get the right trainer for my child?

A good trainer can motivate the child in the right way, teach the essential basics of the game, set the right attitude, kindle the interest in learning and working individually at home. The trainer should incline your child more towards learning so that victories come automatically but not the other way round.

Q. How important it is for the child to practice regularly?

According to a school of thought, it takes roughly 20 hours per week of practice to become a successful professional in any discipline. It would be ideal if a child, aspiring to become a Grand Master, can practice chess 2 hours a day during weekdays/schooldays and around 4 hours on weekends. Chess being an individual sport, a player should learn to think for himself/herself and take tough decisions all by himself/herself. Regular individual work will help improve these qualities greatly! The importance of home work in chess cannot be emphasized enough.


Aarthie Ramaswamy

Woman Grandmaster


Ramesh RB

Old No. 5, New No. 15,
A-2, First Floor
(Near BJP office),
Vaidhyaraman Street,
T. Nagar, Chennai 600017

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Read the full article, "Early Moves" here.
Raakesh Natraj, The Indian Express
My daughter P.Michelle Catherina is coached by Mr.Ramesh in Chess Gurukul. Coaching is very good. Michelle learned to compete with international players. Not only the game is improved, even her attitude is good. She has developed an excellent team spirit. Also the way she relates and communicates with others have developed. The atmosphere in Chess Gurukul is very congenial, she prefers to attend every coaching class. Both Mrs & Mr.Ramesh take care of the children very well, even when they are travelling. And we as parents are very confident. Overall they are very professional. Not only in coaching the child but also in taking personal care and showing genuine concern.
L Prince, Parent - Michelle Catherina
My daughter P.Michelle Catherina is coached by Mr.Ramesh in Chess Gurukul. Coaching is very good. Michelle learned to compete with international players. Not only the game is improved, even her attitude is good. She has developed an excellent team spirit. Also the way she relates and communicates with others have developed. The atmosphere in Chess Gurukul is very congenial, she prefers to attend every coaching class. Both Mrs & Mr.Ramesh take care of the children very well, even when they are travelling. And we as parents are very confident. Overall they are very professional. Not only in coaching the child but also in taking personal care and showing genuine concern.
Prince L, Parent - Michelle Catherina
Myself and RB Ramesh have been working together for some years. I feel that he is a very good coach and has played significant role in making me an International Master and improving my game. He gives his whole hearted effort in coaching. His training materials are excellent. The best thing about him is that he explains ideas in very simple yet effective way. A firm promoter of the game through his coaching skills. You have a doubt, Ramesh sir is online, that means your doubt is cleared!
Ankit Rajpara, International Master
It's always a pleasure to work with Ramesh sir. He makes chess training so lively and interesting, never runs out of innovative material, and is also very flexible. You can never get bored at any point of time while training with him. Being an amazing practical chess player himself, he's always quite sharp and to the point. So it's both instructive and interesting to analyse, study practical chess positions with him! While his students' achievements speak for his training standards,personally for me, Ramesh sir's training has always been an inspiration!
Ramnath Bhuvanesh, International Master