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Good Sports: Sister Joins Bother as Grandmaster

Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai
April 2024
Good Sports: Sister Joins Bother as Grandmaster

When Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu became a chess grandmaster in 2018, he was only 12, one of the youngest ever to achieve the prestigious title. His 22-year-old sister, Vaishali Rameshbabu, recently joined him in the grandmaster club.

Vaishali is only the third Indian woman to become a grandmaster and the country’s 84th grandmaster overall. This is the first time a brother and sister have become grandmasters, according to Chess.com. “Becoming a GM has been my goal since I started playing chess, so I was very excited but also felt some pressure . . . I’m very happy I finally managed to complete the title,” Vaishali said.

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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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