New Delhi: A little less than 13, chess player R Praggnanandhaa made history by becoming the youngest Indian grandmaster in history and the second youngest in the world by earning his third GM norm during the Gredine Open in Italy.
Being paired with Dutch GM Roeland Pruijssers for the final round, Praggnanandhaa was assured of a third norm irrespective of the result of the match. Now, he is placed joint-top on the table at the end of 8 rounds, with 6.5 points.
Congratulations to Praggnanandhaa for becoming, at 12 years and 10 months, the second youngest Grandmaster of all time. ???? pic.twitter.com/zIS8jfwVMb
— Congress (@INCIndia) June 23, 2018
To become a grandmaster (GM), one needs to earn three norms and a 2500 rating. He had won his first GM norm at the World Junior Championships in Tarvisio in November 2017. He achieved his second norm by winning the Herkalion Fischer Memorial GM Norm tournament in Greece in April this year. In 2016, Praggnanandhaa had become the youngest International Master at 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days.
Praggnanandhaa’s coach at Chess Gurukul in Chennai, RB Ramesh, said he was delighted with his ward’s achievement. “I am happy and relieved because he was getting close and missing narrowly on a few occasions,” he told The Field.
BIG Relief! Congratulations @rpragchess . Great inspiration personally working with you! He travels an hour each way to attend lessons. Great commitment from the parents. Thanks to sponsors Ramco and Mr. Venkaraman Raja too!
— Ramesh RB (@Rameshchess) June 23, 2018
Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine holds the record for being the youngest GM in the world at 12 years and seven months in 2002. Viswanathan Anand, India’s first ever GM, was 18 years old when he earned his third norm. Magnus Carlsen, the current World Chess Champion, became a GM when he was 13 years and 4 months old.
Welcome to the club & congrats Praggnanandhaa!! See u soon in chennai?
— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) June 24, 2018
The youngest grandmasters in history:
1. Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine) 12 years, 7 months
2. R Praggnandhaa (India) 12 years, 10 months
3. Nodirbek Abdusattorov Uzbekistan 13 years, 1 month
4. Parimarjan Negi India 13 years, 4 months
5. Magnus Carlsen Norway 13 years, 4 months