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Mohammad Ashraf (chess player)

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Mohammad Ashraf
Mohammad Ashraf at the National University Championship 2014
Full nameMohammad Ashraf
Born (1995-10-29) 29 October 1995 (age 25)
Cuttack, Odisha
FIDE rating2084 [1]
Peak rating2233 (July 2012)

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Mohammad Ashraf (born 29 October 1995) is an international rated chess player from Odisha, India. He has completed his bachelor's degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He has won the National Open Chess Title at the All India Open DBCA Cup and represented India in the most prestigious World Junior( U-20) Chess Championship in 2014. He has also clinched the U-20 junior category 1st prize at the 3rd London Chess Classic tournament, London,U.K. in 2011. He is a registered member of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation, a member of the All India Chess Federation and a member of the European Chess Union.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Mohammad Ashraf is a resident of the millennium city Cuttack. He is the youngest son of Mohammad Nayeem, an ex-serviceman of the Indian Air Force and Rumana Perween. He has an elder brother Mohammad Asjad, an Aeronautical engineer. He completed his primary education from Stewart School, Cuttack and completed high school in the +2 Science stream from Ravenshaw Junior College, Cuttack. He was introduced to the game of Chess at the age of 11 by his father and quickly took keen interest in it. He has been spending most of his time in traveling to various places for participating in chess tournaments. His father often accompanies him in his trips. Dr.Achyuta Samanta, the founder of KIIT and KISS and a great patron of Chess in the state, recognized his talent and awarded him a generous scholarship to pursue bachelor's degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in the KIIT University, Bhubaneswar Odisha.


His father has been very instrumental throughout his career. He also credits his success to his brother for his invaluable technical help and mother for her unswerving support. However, he believes that the real motivation in his chess career comes from the tournament in London where he shared the playing hall with some of the greatest players in the history of chess. In a candid interview he said "The mere glimpse of your sports hero in person is in itself a dream come true and being able to momentarily converse with him is simply inexplicable".

Ashraf with World Champion Viswanathan Anand, London U.K. 2011

The Annual London Chess Classic Festival hosts one of the strongest tournaments every year, which fields the best players from around the globe to compete in a round robin system of play. The likes of Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik , Levon Aronian , Hikaru Nakamura and Viswanathan Anand have been the stalwart participants since its inception. This grand event is commentated on by some of the world's finest chess commentators, and broadcast live on the internet. The event is also visited by chess legends like GM Garry Kasparov and GM Victor Korchnoi as guests.


He has won many championship titles at State, National and International competitions. The most prominent of them include titles in the state U-17,[3] state U-19,[4] state U-25,[5] state Blitz open[6] etc.

He has had many commendable performances at the national level. Most cherished is his maiden National open chess title which he won in the

Winner of the DBCA All India Cup 2014

DBCA All India Fide Rating Chess Tournament 2014 in Kolkata, India.[7] and bagged a handsome cash prize.[8][9][10] He has also represented the state twice in the National Challengers Chess Championship in the year 2010[11] and 2011.[12] In 2010 he finished in the top 6 of 36th National Sub - Junior Chess Championship at New Delhi[13] by virtue of which he received an exposure trip sponsored by Sports Authority of India (SAI), to participate in the very prestigious 3rd London Chess Classic Tournament 2011 at the Olympia Hall in London, U.K. where he clinched the 1st prize in the U-20 Junior Category.[14][15] However, his most notable achievement has been representing India in the World Junior U-20 Chess Championship 2014 at Hotel Hyatt in Pune, India where he finished with a career best of 54th rank.[16][17] He demonstrated an uncompromising style of chess and in the end remained invincible with the white pieces finishing with a +7 -6 =0 score i.e. with no draws.[18]

He represents the KIIT University's team in the Universities Team Championship. The team was runner-up in the East zone Inter-zonal 2014[19] and he was awarded the gold medal for his individual performance on board three. The team subsequently qualified for the Nationals at the Amity University Noida,Delhi where they tied for the bronze medal with Delhi University but narrowly finished fourth on the Buchholz tie break score.[20][21] In the period from 2015–16, he captained the KIIT University's National Chess Team that emerged 2nd runner's up in the East Zone Inter University Chess Championship,2015[22] and the team qualified to represent in the prestigious All India Inter Zonal Inter University Chess Championship, 2016 in Bihar,[23] where he was awarded the Gold Medal for best performance on board four.[24] He[25] remained the only player with a 100% score i.e. five wins in five rounds and ranked 1st in the final individual rankings in the tournament,[26][27] ahead of prominent players like International Master Girish A Koushik[28] and Fide Master Ankit Gajwa[29] among other titled players who had participated in this event.[30][31]


Ashraf with his trainer GM Farrukh Amonatov, 2013
  • He was felicitated for his outstanding performance in the year 2011[32][33] by the All Odisha Chess Association.
  • He was felicitated for his achievement in the year 2014 by the All Odisha Chess Association.
  • He was selected for the Russian Grandmaster Farrukh Amonatov's Training Camp sponsored by the Odisha Mining Corporation and organised by the All Odisha Chess Association.[34]*He was selected for the Ukrainian Grandmaster Georgy Timoshenko's Training Camp sponsored by the Odisha Mining Corporation and organised by the All Odisha Chess Association.

Notable games[edit]

Some of his best performances from the World Junior Chess Championship 2014 include memorable victories over

  • International Master Viacheslav Borisenko[35] from Ukraine
  • International Master Jonathan Westerberg[36] from Sweden
  • Fide Master Blazeka Matej from Croatia[37]


  1. Administrator. "FIDE Chess ratings".
  2. player profile at chess-db.com http://chess-db.com/public/pinfo.jsp?id=5066263
  3. " Ashraf, Aparajita win state u-17 chess titles " http://www.orisports.com/NewsDetails.aspx?nId=MzIyNw== Published 15 Oct 2010
  4. "Ashraf, Smaraki win State junior chess titles" http://www.orisports.com/NewsDetails.aspx?nId=MzMyMQ== Published 9 June 2013
  5. " Ashraf wins State Youth chess title" http://www.orisports.com/NewsDetails.aspx?nId=MzMyNg== Published 16 June 2013
  6. "Ashraf bags State Blitz Chess title".
  7. Excerpts from AICF Chronicle page 7 of Retrieved Dec,2014
  8. "Mohammad Ashraf of Odisha with Dibyendu Barua after winning the DBCA All India Fide Rating Tournament on Sunday" http://epaper.telegraphindia.com/details/121537-18213734.html
  9. http://epaper.telegraphindia.com/paper/14-0-01@12@2014-1001.html Published 1 December 2014 Retrieved 4 March 2015
  10. "Ashraf wins: A final round draw with IM Neeraj Mishra clinched the top honour for the 19 year old Mohammad Ashraf from Odisha"|http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-sports/ashraf-wins/article6649917.ece
  11. "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - 48 National Challengers Chess Championship 2010".
  12. "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - 49th National Challengers (National B) Chess Championship 2011".
  13. "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - 36th National Sub-Junior Chess Championships 2010".
  14. "There was Indian dominance in the junior section as all the prizes were shared by them. Mohammad Ashraf, PV Nandhidhaa and under-12 world champion Murali Karthikeyan shared the honours in the junior category." http://ibnlive.in.com/news/gupta-grover-sparkle-in-london-chess-classic/210989-2.html Published 12 December 2011
  15. Final Ranking of the 3rd London Chess Classic 2011 http://www.londonchessclassic.com/2011/pr.fide_rated_open.htm
  16. Final Standings of the World Junior Chess Championship 2014 http://www.worldjuniorchess2014.com/standings_open_round_13.php
  17. Chess-results.com reference of final standings http://chess-results.com/tnr147550.aspx?lan=1&art=4&flag=30&wi=821
  18. His Scorecard from the World Junior Chess Championship 2014|http://chess-results.com/tnr147550.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=IND&flag=30&wi=821&snr=92
  19. Final Standings of East Zone Inter University Championship 2014 http://chess-results.com/tnr146525.aspx?lan=1&art=63&wi=821
  20. KiiT University misses the podium finish by a margin of 0.5 in TB3 http://amity.edu/aspess/Chess_Pdf/InterZone_ResultFinal_14112014.pdf Retrieved 14.11.2014
  21. Final Standings at the National University http://chess-results.com/tnr151626.aspx?lan=1
  22. Ranking table of East Zone Inter University Chess Championship,2015 http://www.chess-results.com/tnr200320.aspx?lan=1
  23. Team qualified in the All India Inter Zonal Inter University Chess Championship 2016 http://chess-results.com/tnr204505.aspx?lan=1&art=8&wi=821
  24. Gold Medal for Best Individual Performance on Board 4 http://chess-results.com/tnr204505.aspx?lan=1&art=73&wi=821
  25. Scorecard of Mohammad Ashraf ranked 1st http://chess-results.com/tnr204505.aspx?lan=1&art=9&wi=821&snr=10
  26. Ranked 1st in the Final Individual Rankings in the Tournament http://chess-results.com/tnr204505.aspx?lan=1&art=4&wi=821
  27. 100% Performance Score in the tournament http://chess-results.com/tnr204505.aspx?lan=1&art=74&wi=821
  28. Scorecard of International Master Girish A Koushik ranked 13th http://chess-results.com/tnr204505.aspx?lan=1&art=9&wi=821&snr=37
  29. Scorecard of Fide Master Ankit Gajwa ranked 15th http://chess-results.com/tnr204505.aspx?lan=1&art=9&wi=821&snr=24
  30. Total participants list with four titled and fifty none rated players http://chess-results.com/tnr204505.aspx?lan=1&art=16&wi=821
  31. Number Of Titled Players Participating in the tournament http://chess-results.com/tnr204505.aspx?lan=1&art=13&wi=821
  32. "State chess body felicitates players, officials, organisations".
  33. "AOCA Felicitates Successful Chess Players of 2011". Odisha 360 - News, Events and Complete Information About the State.
  34. Mohammad Ashraf amongst the Top player's to be trained by Grandmaster http://www.telegraphindia.com/1121108/jsp/odisha/story_16171472.jsp#.VPYFOC47x5Y
  35. Games of round 7 at chess7.com http://www.chess7.com/game/ashraf-mohammad-vs-viacheslav-borisenko-at-world-junior-chess-championship-2014-pune/94320
  36. Games of round 11 at chess7.com http://www.chess7.com/game/ashraf-mohammad-vs-jonathan-westerberg-at-world-junior-chess-championship-2014-pune/94735
  37. Games of final round 13 at chess7.com http://www.chess7.com/game/ashraf-mohammad-vs-matej-blazeka-at-world-junior-chess-championship-2014-pune/94946

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