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Marc'Andria Maurizzi Becomes France's Youngest GM Ever
Marc'Andria Maurizzi at Sunway Sitges 2020. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Sunway Sitges.

Marc'Andria Maurizzi Becomes France's Youngest GM Ever

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For 24 years the record stood but since today, GM Etienne Bacrot is no longer France's youngest grandmaster ever. Five days after turning 14, Marc'Andria Maurizzi secured the GM title at the GM tournament in Chartres.

The news has been dominated lately by prodigies. After our reports on Tani Adewumi becoming a national master at 10 and 12-year-old IM Abhimanyu Mishra scoring his second GM norm, today it's the real deal. France has a new grandmaster, his name is Marc'Andria Maurizzi, and he is the youngest GM ever in that country.

Born on May 16, 2007, Maurizzi turned 14 five days ago. The next day, he started in the GM tournament in Chartres, a chess-minded town 90 kilometers (56 miles) southwest of Paris. The residence of GM Alireza Firouzja, Chartres hosted two events this month. Alongside the tournament, there were also three matches with GM Gata Kamsky.

How to watch?

You can find, play through, and download all games of the Chartres matches and tournament on our Events page: Matches | GM Tournament.


Maurizzi ended up winning the tournament, a 10-player round-robin, with 6.5/9 and a 2602 performance, just enough for his third grandmaster norm. By winning 13 Elo points, he also crossed the 2500 mark. Back in 1997, Bacrot needed 14 years and two months, so Maurizzi is almost two months faster.

Chartres GM | Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Marc'Andria Maurizzi 2489 2602 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 6.5/9
2 Sophie Milliet 2390 2526 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 5.5/9 23.25
3 Alberto David 2517 2570 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 5.5/8 22
4 Alexandre Dgebuadze 2490 2476 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 5.0/9 19.75
5 Quentin Loiseau 2455 2479 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 5.0/9 17
6 Glenn Flear 2431 2443 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 0 4.5/9 19.25
7 Anatole Vlachos 2438 2442 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 0 1 4.5/9 18.5
8 Victor Stephan 2430 2323 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 3.0/9
9 Peio Duboue 2431 2298 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 2.5/8
10 Kamran Shirazi 2349 2235 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 2.0/9

All of Maurizzi's games

Maurizzi is from Bastia in the northeast of the island Corsica. In 2019, he won the French junior championship for players under 12 years old. In July of that year, he secured the IM title at age 12 years and two months.

He scored his first two GM norms in Catalonia. Last December, Maurizzi got the first at the open tournament in Sitges, and two months later he clinched his second norm in Barcelona. 

Marc'Andria Maurizzi at Sunway Sitges 2020. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Sunway Sitges.
Marc'Andria Maurizzi at Sunway Sitges 2020. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Sunway Sitges.

As it turns out, Maurizzi also surpassed big names such as GM Teimour Radjabov, GM Ruslan Ponomariov, and GM Wesley So in the list of youngest grandmasters ever. Here are the top 15; for more information, see our article The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History.

Top 15 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
11 Samuel Sevian United States 13 years, 10 months, 27 days
12 Richard Rapport Hungary 13 years, 11 months, 6 days
13 Marc'Andria Maurizzi France 14 years, 0 months, 5 days
14 Teimour Radjabov Azerbaijan 14 years, 0 months, 14 days
15 Ruslan Ponomariov Ukraine 14 years, 0 months, 17 days

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