Abhimanyu Mishra: 12 years old becomes youngest grandmaster in chess history



Mishra, from New Jersey, United States, on Wednesday broke Sergey Karjakin’s record of 12 years and seven months in Budapest, Hungary, at the age of 12 years, four months and 25 days.
To become a grandmaster at chess, a player must achieve three grandmaster standards – an award given for high performance in a chess tournament – as well as an Elo rating of 2,500 awarded by the International Chess Federation ( FIDE), the rankings which govern international chess competitions.
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At the Vezerkepzo GM Mix tournament, Mishra beat Grandmaster Leon Mendonca in the thrilling ninth round to win his third and final Standard after winning his first two in the previous two months.

He had already surpassed the required 2,500 Elo mark in June, paving the way for him to break the previous record – which lasted for 19 years – of around 66 days.
He posted a celebratory message on Twitter, saying, “Finally checkmate the biggest opponent (pandemic on-going) who stopped me for 14 months. Thank you all for your love and support. Looking forward to the World Cup. “

Breaking records is something Mishra has grown used to.

When he was only seven years old, he became the youngest expert in the United States Chess Federation.

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He became the youngest national master at the age of nine, and then at 10 years, nine months and 20 days, he became the youngest international master in history.

The previous record was held by Russian Grandmaster Karjakin in 2002. He then unsuccessfully challenged Magnus Carlsen in a 2016 World Championship match.

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