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Abhimanyu Mishra Scores 2nd GM Norm, Closing In On Karjakin's Record
Abhimanyu Mishra, chasing Sergey Karjakin's record. Photo courtesy Swati Hemant Mishra.

Abhimanyu Mishra Scores 2nd GM Norm, Closing In On Karjakin's Record

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On Monday, IM Abhimanyu Mishra scored his second GM norm at the May 2021 First Saturday Tournament in Budapest, Hungary. The 12-year-old player from New Jersey is 29 Elo points and one GM norm away from becoming the youngest-ever grandmaster in history.

It is a record that has proven to be very difficult to beat. On August 12, 2002, GM Sergey Karjakin secured the grandmaster title at the age of 12 years and seven months. Since then, nobody has managed to do it faster. Abhimanyu Mishra, however, is getting pretty close.

In November 2019, Chess.com reported on Mishra (often called "Abhi") becoming International Master at the age of 10 years, nine months, and three days. That was a record.

Mishra was born February 5, 2009, which means he has until September 5, 2021, to break Karjakin's record. He definitely has chances, now that he bagged his second GM norm last Monday.

He secured that norm with a round to spare at the May edition of the monthly First Saturday GM norm tournament in Budapest, Hungary. Also winning his last-round game, Mishra finished on an impressive 8/9.

Final standings

Rk. Fed Title Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts. TB1 TB2
1 IM Abhimanyu Mishra 2424 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8,0 8,0 32,50
2 IM Rafat Issa 2354 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5,0 5,0 21,25
3 GM Vojtech Plat 2556 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 5,0 5,0 20,00
4 GM Milan Pacher 2437 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 4,5 4,5 17,75
5 FM Levente Papp 2394 0 1 1 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 4,0 4,0 18,25
6 FM Tibor Bodi 2374 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 0 ½ 1 4,0 4,0 17,75
7 Basak Souhardo 2359 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 4,0 4,0 15,75
8 FM Jakub Seemann 2288 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 4,0 4,0 15,50
9 GM Attila Czebe 2389 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 3,5 3,5 14,75
10 GM Ivan Farago 2340 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 3,0 3,0 12,00

Mishra's games

Mishra has been in Hungary for a while, where it's possible to play several tournaments back-to-back. Since February, besides the famous First Saturday event, there is now also the monthly Vezerkepzo tournament, held at the same venue. Mishra participated in two (March and April) and will also play in the May edition which starts tomorrow.

In the March edition, Mishra finished in third place with 6/9. His 2544 performance was good, but not enough for a GM norm which is set at 2601.

It was in his second Vezerkepzo attempt, in April, that Mishra scored his first GM norm. As you can see, Mishra is not the only player who has been trying his luck in several of these tournaments.

Final standings

Rk. Fed Title Name Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2
1 IM Mishra Abhimanyu 2408 7,0 0,5 27,75
2 Souhardo Basak 2349 7,0 0,5 27,25
3 GM Nagy Gabor 2511 6,0 0,0 24,00
4 GM Plat Vojtech 2553 5,0 0,0 19,75
5 FM Persanyi Barnabas 2364 4,0 1,0 16,25
6 FM Bodi Tibor 2374 4,0 0,0 13,25
7 IM Krstulovic Alex 2375 3,5 0,5 15,25
8 GM Pacher Milan 2435 3,5 0,5 14,25
9 FM Danada Tomas 2321 3,0 0,0 11,75
10 WFM Gaal Zsoka 2169 2,0 0,0 7,00

Mishra's games

For 19 years, Karjakin's record has stood. The one who got the closest was Indian GM Gukesh Dommaraju, who got the title only 17 days later.

Below is the full top-10 of the youngest-ever grandmasters. You can learn more about the biggest chess prodigies in this article.

Top 10 Youngest Chess Grandmasters

No. Fed Player Country Age
1 Sergey Karjakin Ukraine 12 years, 7 months, 0 days
2 Gukesh Dommaraju India 12 years, 7 months, 17 days
3 Javokhir Sindarov Uzbekistan 12 years, 10 months, 5 days
4 Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu India 12 years, 10 months, 13 days
5 Nodirbek Abdusattorov Uzbekistan 13 years, 1 month, 11 days
6 Parimarjan Negi India 13 years, 4 months, 22 days
7 Magnus Carlsen Norway 13 years, 4 months, 27 days
8 Wei Yi China 13 years, 8 months, 23 days
9 Raunak Sadhwani India 13 years, 9 months, 28 days
10 Bu Xiangzhi China 13 years, 10 months, 13 days


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