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Good Sports: Youngest Chess Grandmaster

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
August 2021
Good Sports: Youngest Chess Grandmaster

Abhimanyu Mishra of Englishtown, New Jersey, recently became the youngest chess grandmaster in history, achieving the distinction at the age of 12 years, four months and 25 days.

He broke a 19-year-old record set by Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin, who became a grandmaster at the age of 12 years and seven months in 2002. Abhi achieved the GM title while competing against top players in Budapest, Hungary, where he and his father, Hemant, had been living for several months to give him the opportunity. After crossing the required 2500 Elo rating barrier, he clinched his third GM norm by beating Indian grandmaster Leon Mendonca, 15.

Abhi had previously set a record by becoming the youngest International Master in November 2019 at the age of 10 years, nine months, and three days. According to his mother, Swati, he practices chess for 12 hours a day. “We are so proud of him,” she told the New York Post. “All his hard work has paid off. I can’t even describe the feeling. He wanted to be the youngest grandmaster in the world and now he is.”

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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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