Rathinam Anantharam is a retired professor of Chemistry. He has served as chief arbiter for 6 world championships, one Woman Grand Prix, 13 Asian championships, 14 grandmaster tournaments (including Tata Steel India 2018) and 29 national championships. He has served as Sector arbiter for three Olympiads, deputy chief arbiter/arbiter in about 250 international, national and rated tournaments. He is the first A grade arbiter from India.
As a FIDE lecturer, he has conducted about 30 seminars and refresher courses for FIDE and national arbiters.
As an organizer and Secretary of Sivakasi Chess Club, he has conducted Asian Junior championship in 1979, three national championships and 37 state championships.
As a chemistry scholar, he has published six articles in international journals.
As a basketball player, he represented the University in 1969. Served as a commentator for basketball, badminton and hockey live games on TV and radio.
Chief arbiter for six world championships (Junior – 3, Schools – 1, Youth Olympiad – 1 and Team for Visually Challenged – 1)
Sector Arbiter for three Olympiads 2014, 16 & 18
Arbiter for three Olympiads 2008, 10 & 12
Chief arbiter – Women Grand Prix 2016, Russia
Chief arbiter for Grand Chess Tour 2019, & Tata Steel Chess India 2018, Kolkata
Chief arbiter for 9 Asian championships, 35 Indian championships and 14 GM tournaments
FIDE lecturer – lecturer for eight FA seminars and about 24 national and state seminars
Former councilor, Arbiters’ Commission, FIDE
Member, Arbiters’ Commission, FIDE
Chairman, Arbiters’ Commission, All India Chess Federation
Chairman, Arbiters’ Commission, IBCA
Former member, Qualification Commission, FIDE
Former member, SPP Commission, FIDE