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IM Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus

Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus
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Full name
Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus
Jun 3, 2011 (age 12)‎
Place of birth
Bursa, Türkiye



Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus is a Turkish international master who has qualified for the grandmaster title. Erdogmus won the U-8 European Chess Championship in 2019, a year before he had to stop playing over-the-board chess due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After returning to competitive play in 2021, the young chess star caught the world's attention after gaining nearly 500 rating points in a little over a year. Erdogmus quickly earned the FM title, and shortly after got all the three norms and required rating to become an IM. With this, he became the youngest international master in Turkey's history.

In 2022, Erdogmus won the prestigious ChessKid tournament Youth Chess Championship after defeating CM Ilan Schnaider.

On April 1, 2024, Erdogmus qualified for the grandmaster title at an age of 12 years, 9 months, and 29 days. He is the fourth-youngest player in history to attain the title and only the sixth ever to qualify at age 12. At the time he earned the title it would make him the youngest GM in the world.

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