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Indian American chess prodigy is world’s youngest ever grandmaster.

Authored by A. Narang published by NRI Herald, 07 July 2021

Abhimanyu Mishra is now the world's youngest chess grandmaster. Mishra, who is from New Jersey, US, broke Sergey Karjakin's record of 12 years and seven months in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday at the age of 12 years, four months and 25 days old.


To become a grandmaster in chess, a player must achieve three grandmaster norms -- an award given for a high level of performance in a chess tournament -- as well as achieving an 2500 Elo rating given out by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), the rankings that govern international chess competition.


At the Vezerkepzo GM Mix tournament, Mishra defeated grandmaster Leon Mendonca in the thrilling ninth round to earn his third and final norm having earned his first two over the previous two months.


He had already topped the required 2500 Elo rating mark in June, paving the way for him to better the previous record -- which had stood for 19 years -- by approximately 66 days. He has coaching support in GM Arun Prasad and GM Magesh Chandran, and the months starved of competitions last year have been spent in doubling down in intense training.


International Chess Federation tweeted:


Congratulations to 12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra for setting the new world record! @ChessMishra becomes the youngest grandmaster in history, earning his final norm at the tender age of 12 years, 4 months and 25 days.

Abhimanyu tweeted a message of celebration, saying:

"Finally checkmated the biggest opponent (ongoing pandemic) which stopped me for 14 months. Thanks everybody for all your love and support. Looking forward for World cup."

NRI Herald wishes Himanshu a bright future and good luck for the Chess World Cup.

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