About Priyadharshan


44th Grandmaster from India, and one among the 1900 odd chess Grandmasters in the World!

– Winner of 11 International medals and have traveled to 12 countries on three continents to play chess (and counting).


– Have coached students in the rating range of 1000-2400. Successful students on average have gained 250+ rating points within two years of training.

– Worked with 5 age category national champions

– Coach of the Indian Sub-Junior Team to the 2019 World Olympiad

– One of the youngest certified FIDE Trainers in the World

– Visit Chess Gaja (formerly known as Chess Gyaan) for more information on coaching.

Priyadharshan with his Berlin book

Management and Writing

– Author of The Modernized Berlin Wall Defense (2019) by Thinkers Publishing.

– Contributed to various Chess blogs across the internet.

– Briefly worked as a “Product Manager” in an ed-tech startup.

– League Commissioner of the 1st Indian Chess.com League.



– Commentator for the Indian Yogis team in PRO Chess League 2020 and Webster Windmills team in PRO Chess League 2017/18.

–Β  Commentator at Asia’s biggest chess tournament Delhi Open 2019


MA degree in Management and Leadership, with a certificate in Business Analytics from Webster University, USA

– BS Marketing from Lindenwood University, USA.

Globe Trotter

Β Adventure lover! My chess exploits as a player, coach, and manager have taken me to 12 countries on three continents.