12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest grandmaster in chess history

12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest grandmaster in chess history

 

12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest grandmaster in chess history
12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest grandmaster in chess history

Mishra, who is from New Jersey, US, broke Sergey Karjakin’s record of 12 years and seven months in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday, June 30 at the age of 12 years, four months and 25 days old.

At just 12 years of age, Abhimanyu Mishra has become the youngest grandmaster in chess history.

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 FĂ©dĂ©ration 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 posted a message of celebration on Twitter, 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.”
Breaking records is something Mishra has become accustomed to.

When he was just seven, he became the United States Chess Federation’s youngest Expert.

 

12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest grandmaster in chess history
12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest grandmaster in chess history

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 FĂ©dĂ©ration Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), the rankings that govern international chess competition.

 

12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest grandmaster in chess history

At the 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.

Abhimanyu Mishra is now the world's youngest-ever chess grandmaster.

 

He had already topped the required 2500 Elo rating mark in June.

 

12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest grandmaster in chess history

The record he has achieved has stood for 19 years 66 days before he broke it.

 

Posting a message on Twitter, he wrote “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.”

 

When he was just seven, Mishra became the United States Chess Federation’s youngest Expert.

He became the youngest National Master when he was nine, and then at 10 years, nine months and 20 days old, he became the youngest ever International Master.

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