Krishnan Sasikiran is an Indian chess Grandmaster. Among Indians, he is third, after Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna, No. 11 in Asia and ranked 76th in the world in FIDE rating as on December 2012. He earned the Grandmaster title at the 2000 Commonwealth Championship. In 2001, he won the prestigious Hastings International Chess tournament. In 2003, he won the 4th Asian Individual Championship as well as the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen. He was tied for Jan Timman for first place in the 2005 Sigeman Tournament in Copenhagen, In the January 2007 FIDE rating list, Sasikiran was ranked number 21 in the world with an Elo rating of 2700. He won a Gold medal in Asian Games 2006 in team event. Tamil Nadu government presented a cheque of Rs 20 Lacs as appreciation towards his success. His profile has another prestigious award credited to it. He was also bestowed with the Arjuna Award in the year 2002. In October 2011, Sasikiran won clear first in the open section of the 15th Corsican Circuit.