The 22-year-old International Chess Master V S Rathanvel, started playing chess at the age of seven. He won his first match in a local tournament in Coimbatore and since then has participated in various national and international championships. He was a grandmaster at the age of 10 years old. According to the International Chess Federation, he stands at 1025 world rank. He has won the R Hanumantha Memorial Cup All India Open Rapid and Blitz Rating 2021.