Manuel Aaron the first Indian chess master in the modern tradition was born on 30th December 1935 in Toungoo, Burma. Aaron is considered as one of the key figure in introducing international chess to India. He was the national champion of India for nine times between the years 1959 to 1981 and also dominated the chess in India between these years. Aaron was born in Burma but was brought up in Tamil Nadu, India. Aaron completed his Bsc from Allahabad University.
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Aaron had won nine National Championship titles out which he had 5 consecutive wins from the Year 1969-1973. Between the years 1957 – 1982, he won the Tamil Nadu Chess Championship titles for 11 times. In the year 1961, he won the West Asian Zonal Title, the Asian – Australian Zonal Title and also credited himself with Arjuna Award. He was the was first Indian Chess player ever to be honored with the Arjuna Award.
In the Chess Olympiads, Aaron played thrice with the Indian team. In the year 1960 and 1962, he captained the Indian Team at the Leipzig and at Varna. In the year 1962, he also took part in the Stockholm interzonal. In 1977, Aaron led India to the 2nd Asian Team championship at Auckland. He also led India to the 4th Asian Team Championship which was held in Hangchow, China in 1981 and in 1984 he lead India to the 4th position in the Commonwealth Championship. In 1977and 1997 he became the Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Chess Association and the Chairman of the All India Chess Federation.
Manuel Aaron has 2300+ ratings in the FIDE and is still active in the Indian chess circle.