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GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu
Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu at the Chess Olympiad in 2022. Photo: Maria Emelianova/
Full name
Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu
Aug 10, 2005 (age 17)‎
Place of birth
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India



The name Rameshbabu is his father's name, and the player should be referred to by his name, Praggnanandhaa.

Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu is an Indian grandmaster and the fourth-youngest GM in history (as of April 2021). He earned the title at 12 years, 10 months, and 13 days of age, and he's the youngest international master in history. Praggnanandhaa has three world youth titles: U8 in 2013, U10 in 2015, and U18 in 2019. In 2019, the 13-year-old prodigy won the Xtracon Chess Open with an undefeated 8.5/10 points, overtaking a field featuring 13 GMs ranked over 2600. In April 2021, he won the Polgar Challenge and qualified for the next leg in the Champions Chess Tour.

He won a bronze medal with the Indian team at the 2022 FIDE Olympiad, scoring 6.5/9 on the third board for a performance rating of 2767. Later in 2022, he won the Asian Continental Chess Championship.

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