Hi, I am Priyadharshan Kannappan also knows as PD,  a 25-year-old chess player from India. I have been playing chess from the age of 7, and have travelled extensively around the world to compete in tournaments. I have won 11 International medals for India in Commonwealth, Asian and World Championships.

I became an International Master in 2009 and achieved the highest possible title of Grand Master in 2016. I am currently in the top 450 in the world active rankings, and in top 20 in Indian rankings.

I am currently a Product Manager in Nurtr, which is an edu-tech platform located in Gurugram, India. I take care of innovating new products, that will help chess learning process easier and enjoyable.

My other chess-related activities include being a USCF Club TD, managed the Webster Windmills team in the PRO Chess League, provide live commentary, and also contributed to leading chess websites like Chess.com, US Chess Federation, St.Louis Chess Club, American Chess Magazine, Chessbase.

In the academic front, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, with a certificate in Business Analytics in May 2018, from Webster University(St.Louis, Missouri). I have an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science in Marketing (May 2016) from Lindenwood University (St.Charles, Missouri).


with GM Vishwanathan Anand and GM Jacob Aagaard in the Opening Ceremony of World Chess Olympiad 2018.
Pic credit: Eric Rosen