To those of us who know him well, his name is simply Tanuj. To everyone else, his name now comes with a set of initials: FM Tanuj Vasudeva. As in FIDE Master, a lifetime title in the World Chess Federation. By winning the Pan American Championship Under 8 in Argentina this summer, he automatically became the youngest FM in USCF history and currently the youngest in the world. Not skipping a beat, Tanuj followed up 9-0 at the Pan Am with an even more impressive silver medal at the World Youth Under 8 in Turkey. Thanks to his father Tarun for the photos from Turkey at left and right. Tanuj became the Bay Area's third medalist in as many years at World Youth, behind FM Danya Naroditsky (gold in Under 12 in 2007) and IM Sam Shankland (bronze in Under 18 in 2008).
- Name: Tanuj Vasudeva
- Title: FIDE Master
- Age: 8 years old
- Current ratings: 1913 USCF, unrated FIDE
- National ranking: #2 for age 8
- CalChess ranking: #4 for age U12
- First tournament: October 2006 (at barely 5 years old!)
- First established rating: 751 in January 2007
- First adult tournament: July 2007
- Last 12 months: gained 293 points in 108 rated games at 28 USCF tournaments
- Recent successes: Scored 9.0/9 (gold!) at Pan American Under 8 in Argentina (Aug 2009) and 8.5/11 (silver!) at World Youth Under 8 in Turkey (Nov 2009).
- Biggest scalps: NM Arthur Wang (Feb 2009) and 2175-rated Marek Jankowski (July 2009)
- Website/Blog: http://tanujchess.blogspot.com plus Photo Gallery
- Chess Life for Kids: Cover story "Mr. Perfect" (October 2009)
- In The News: NBC Bay Area (Nov 30, 2009)
For a sample of Tanuj's playing style, check out this ruthless attacking game from the final round of the World Youth. His opponent is Hamzah Amier of Malaysia.
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