Abhimanyu Mishra, the young Indian American prodigy has become the world’s youngest chess grandmaster (GM) ever at 12 years, 4 months, and 25 days. The highest title awarded in chess (aside from the title of world champion) is the grandmaster title.
Abhimanyu: In a hunt for firsts
Abhimanyu grew up in New Jersey and has been playing chess since he was 7. He holds the record for the highest-rated under-9 player in the world and has also achieved the feat of the youngest international master in the world.
For the GM Title, Mishra defeated 15 years old, Leon Mendonca, a grandmaster from India in the ninth round of the Vezerkepzo GM Mix tournament in Hungary. This victory made him the world’s youngest chess grandmaster ever, breaking a 19-year old record, set by Sergey Karjakin in 2002. The Ukrainian was 12 years and 7 months when he set the record.
Young bright minds inspiring Indian Chess
According to FIDE (International Chess Federation) current rankings, in the juniors category, India has seven players in the top 30. In addition to that, India has the most players (4) in the Top 10 Youngest Chess Grandmasters list.
|1||Abhimanyu Mishra||United States||12 years, 4 months, 25 days|
|2||Sergey Karjakin||Ukraine||12 years, 7 months, 0 days|
|3||Gukesh Dommaraju||India||12 years, 7 months, 17 days|
|4||Javokhir Sindarov||Uzbekistan||12 years, 10 months, 5 days|
|5||Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu||India||12 years, 10 months, 13 days|
|6||Nodirbek Abdusattorov||Uzbekistan||13 years, 1 month, 11 days|
|7||Parimarjan Negi||India||13 years, 4 months, 22 days|
|8||Magnus Carlsen||Norway||13 years, 4 months, 27 days|
|9||Wei Yi||China||13 years, 8 months, 23 days|
|10||Raunak Sadhwani||India||13 years, 9 months, 28 days|
Currently, in India, there are 64 grandmasters. India is also ranked 4th in the federation list with an average top 10 player rating of 2667.
What it takes to be a Grandmaster (GM)
After world champion, the highest title that a chess player can get is a grandmaster title (GM). To be a grandmaster, a player must achieve an Elo rating above 2500 and three norms (good performance in official, high-level tournaments). Abhimanyu Mishra accomplished his third norm when he defeated Mendonca.
Ratings change with every win and loss based on a player’s rating and that of the opponent. The norms can be awarded only in tournaments where at least 50% of the opponents are titleholders, and at least one-third of them GMs.