International Grandmaster

Welcome to the official website of Grand Master Gopal. Here some of the details regarding Grandmaster Gopal’s career, achievements, selected games and other details can be seen.

Gopal is Kerala’s first Grandmaster

  • Fide Rating-2593
  • Highest rating-2611
  • Highest live rating-2621

On Gopal

Gopal hails from Kerala which is in the southern part of India.

Gopal is Kerala’s first Grandmaster: Became a Grandmaster (in 2007 at the age of 18) in a span of eight years after taking up the game.

His transition from an IM to GM had been quite astonishing as he became a Grandmaster in mere eight months after achieving his final IM norm. He achieved six Grandmaster norms during the course of becoming a Grand Master.

Gopal is one of the very few players in India to have achieved the Grand Master title without attending a personal GM training of a foreign Grand Master.


Grandmaster P Harikrishna

India no 2, Former World Junior Champion,"Arjuna Awardee"

Gopal has been my team mate (in BPCL team) for 10 years! We had been part of the Indian team which won the Bronze medal in the 2010 Asian Games. He has a fine eye for tactics and works hard to improve his chess skills

Grandmaster Koneru Humpy

Women's World Rapid Champion, "Arjuna Awardee", "Padmashri"

Gopal is a very self disciplined,dedicated and hardworking person and moreover a good human being with wonderful singing abilities

Grandmaster Wang Hao

"World No 12 (Elo 2763) Winner of FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019"(One of the contestants of the 2020 Candidates Tournament), Winner of Biel Masters 2011

Gopal is a great tactical player. He is also very cool when facing difficult situations, and can always find nice ideas with little time left on the clock

Key Achievements

World Team Chess Championship 2010

Bronze Medal in the World Team Chess Championship 2010

Asian Games 2010

Bronze medal in the Asian Games 2010 held in Guangzhou, China (Nov 2010)

Asian Team Championship 2012

Silver in Asian Team Championship in China (May 2012)

Asian Zonals Dhaka 2007

Silver in Asian Zonals Dhaka 2007 (Tied for first place but lost the play off to Grand Master S.S Ganguly )

Asian Team Championship 2008

Silver in Asian Team Championship, Vizag, 2008 (Gold medal on board-4 for individual performance)

Qualified to the prestigious FIDE World Cup 2007

Qualified to the prestigious FIDE World Cup ( at the age of 18) from the Asian Continental Championship in Philippines, 2007

Lake Sevan 2007

Tied for first place in the Lake Sevan 2007

National Premier (Men's) Championship in Delhi ( 2010)

Silver in National Premier (Men's) Championship in Delhi ( 2010)

National Premier (Men's) Championship in Chennai (2008)

Tied for second place ( Third in final rankings) in the National Premier (Men's) Championship in Chennai (2008)

Bavarian Open 2016

Tied for first place in the Bavarian Open 2016, Bad Wiesse, Germany

National Junior (U-20) 2004 in Tirupathi (2004)

Gold in National Junior (U-20) 2004 in Tirupathi (2004) ( at the age of 15)

Represented the indian men's team in three chess olympiads

One of the members of the Indian Men’s Team in three Chess Olympiads : Dresden 2008, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 and Istanbul 2012

Banja Luka Grandmasters

Second in Banja Luka Grandmasters ( Invitational) Tournament

Gausdal Classics (Invitational) Tournament

Second in Gausdal Classics (Invitational) Tournament

Gjovic International Open

Second in Gjovic International Open

Dubai Juniors International (U-14)

First in Dubai Juniors International (U-14)

Gloria Arroyo Cup

Tied for first place in the Gloria Arroyo Cup

Riga Masters Blitz 2019

Second in Riga Masters Blitz 2019