Praggnanandhaa International Master At 10

Praggnanandhaa International Master At 10

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At the age of 10 years, 10 months and 19 days, R Praggnanandhaa became the youngest IM in chess history. The Indian boy scored his third IM norm and got his rating over 2400 at the KiiT International Chess Festival in Bhubaneswar, India.

R Praggnanandhaa finished the KiiT International Chess Festival in shared 10th place with a score of 7.0/10. His performance rating was 2536, more than enough for what was his third international master norm. Since he gained 46.8 Elo points to reach a new rating of 2415, his IM title is a formality.

Praggnanandhaa scored his first norm in February of this year in Cannes, France. A month later another norm followed, in the B-tournament of the Aeroflot Open. There, he needed a win in the last round and he did so in style:

Here's an interview with Praggnanandhaa by Sagar Shah after this game:

In April of this year the talented Indian boy won the gold medal in the U12 section of the Asian Youth Championship. He also won the Asian U8 Championship in 2013 and the World U10 Championship in 2015.

By becoming IM at the age of 10 years and 10 months, Praggnanandhaa broke the previous record held by Sergey Karjakin, who claimed the IM titled aged 11 years and 11 months. Karjakin secured the GM title a year later and is still the youngest player ever to do so. Currently the youngest grandmaster is Sam Sevian of the USA.

Here's the full list of players to become a grandmaster before their 15th birthday:

Youngest GMs

No. Player Country Age
1. Sergey Karjakin Ukraine 12 years, 7 months, 0 days
2. Parimarjan Negi India 13 years, 4 months, 22 days
3. Magnus Carlsen Norway 13 years, 4 months, 27 days
4. Wei Yi China 13 years, 8 months, 23 days
5. Bu Xiangzhi China 13 years, 10 months, 13 days
6. Sam Sevian USA 13 years, 10 months, 27 days
7. Richard Rapport Hungary 13 years, 11 months, 6 days
8. Teimour Radjabov Azerbaijan 14 years, 0 months, 14 days
9. Ruslan Ponomariov Ukraine 14 years, 0 months, 17 days
10. Wesley So Philippines 14 years, 1 month, 28 days
11. Etienne Bacrot France 14 years, 2 months, 0 days
12. Ilya Nyzhnyk Ukraine 14 years, 3 months, 2 days
13. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France 14 years, 4 months
14. Peter Leko Hungary 14 years, 4 months, 22 days
15. Jorge Cori Peru 14 years, 5 months, 15 days
16. Hou Yifan China 14 years, 6 months, 16 days
17. Jeffery Xiong USA 14 years, 6 months, 25 days
18. Anish Giri Netherlands 14 years, 7 months, 2 days
19. Yuriy Kuzubov Ukraine 14 years, 7 months, 12 days
20. Dariusz Swiercz Poland 14 years, 7 months, 29 days
21. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son Vietnam 14 years, 10 months
22. Daniil Dubov Russia 14 years, 11 months, 14 days
23. Ray Robson USA 14 years, 11 months, 16 days
24. Fabiano Caruana USA 14 years, 11 months, 20 days
25. Yu Yangyi China 14 years, 11 months, 23 days


Both Chessbase and the Indian Express have the story, the latter with this nice paragraph:

 “But when R Praggnanandhaa did get home, he ran to his father, offered him a hurried hug and then plonked himself on his favourite spot on the couch to watch cartoons on television. “Just like any other 10-year-old,” sighs Rameshbabu.

Peter Doggers

Peter Doggers joined a chess club a month before turning 15 and still plays for it. He used to be an active tournament player and holds two IM norms.

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