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Good Sports: Chess Prodigy Gukesh Wins Candidates Tournament

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
June 2024
Good Sports: Chess Prodigy  Gukesh Wins Candidates Tournament

India’s chess prodigy Gukesh Dommaraju became a worldwide sensation when he won the recent men’s Candidates Tournament in Toronto, the youngest ever to do so.

The victory gave the 17-year-old from Chennai an opportunity to play world champion Ding Liren of China at the 2024 World Chess Championship later this year.

Ranked 16th in the world, Gukesh won the round-robin tournament after getting a draw against Hikaru Nakamura, ranked No. 3 in the world.

“I was completely emotional but after the game I’m feeling quite good,” Gukesh said.

If Gukesh manages to beat Ding, he would become the youngest world champion, breaking Garry Kasparov’s record. Kasparov was 22 when he won the title in 1985.

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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