11-year-old Indian chess prodigy R Praggnanandhaa had created history in October last year by becoming the youngest ever International Master and he is all set to achieve another title of being the youngest Grand Master in few months.
Praggnanandhaa won the World Youth Chess Championship Under-8 boys title in 2013, and the Under-10 boys title in 2015. He is world’s youngest international master ever. In 2016, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest International Master in history, at the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days. His elder sister, R. Vaishali, is two-times youth chess champion.
To put this dream in perspective for youngest Grandmaster title; world champion Magnus Carlsen became a Grandmaster seven months past his 13th birthday. India’s first Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand completed the norm when he was 18. The youngest Indian to have achieved it is Parimarjan Negi, at 13 years and four months.
Praggnanandhaa is up there in the list of prodigies creating a colossal impact on world chess. Exciting times are surely ahead and we wish him the very best of upcoming tournaments.
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