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12-Year-Old Beats Record For The Youngest Chess Grandmaster

Abhimanyu Mishra was crowned the world’s youngest chess grandmaster in July of last year. This honor was bestowed to him at the age of twelve years, four months, and twenty-five days, as the United States Chess Federation declared. Mishra has previously been given two other titles. As a boy of nine years and two months, he was the youngest master ever in the US. Furthermore, he is the youngest International Master ever, aged 10 years, 9 months, and 3 days, according to the Federation.

A previous record, held by the Russian Sergey Karjakin, has been surpassed by Mishra’s latest achievement. As highlighted by ESPN, he was the world’s youngest grandmaster when he achieved that status two decades ago. The title was beaten by just 66 days, which was a huge margin.

Abhimanyu Mishra was crowned the world's youngest chess grandmaster in July of last year.
CREDIT: ABHIMANYU MISHRA/TWITTER

Grandmaster level is reserved for players who have achieved an Elo rating of at least 2500 points. In order to determine a player’s Elo rating, the player’s previous performance in games is taken into consideration.

Before a player may be considered a grandmaster, he or she must first acquire three grandmaster norms in addition to a high rating. ChessGoals rates this as a superb tournament performance against some of the best players in the game.

A CNN report states that Mishra obtained his third norm at the Vezerkepzo GM Mix competition, where he beat grandmaster Leon Mendonca in nine rounds. In June of 2021, he crossed the mark of 2500 Elo points.

Mishra announced on Twitter that he had finally defeated his most challenging opponent (the current pandemic), which had been preventing him from playing for 14 months. He composed it as a way to mark the end of a terrible year.

His heartfelt thanks went out to everyone who had shown him so much love and support. Further, he said he was eagerly anticipating the World Cup.

Mishra recently received assistance from chess icon Garry Kasparov, who provided analysis of his games to aid him in his endeavors.

It’s almost unimaginable for any chess player of Mishra’s age to have a mentor like Garry Kasparov, according to his father, Hemant Mishra, who spoke to ESPN about the experience. As part of the procedure, a parent interview was also held. Hemant had never been happier as he was on that particular day in his lifetime.

They have finally achieved their aim, after a long time of hard work and determination. Mr. Hemant has said that he would support his son in anything he decides to do in the future, regardless of whether or not it has anything to do with chess.

As he said to the news source, he has been answering the calls up till now. However, if Mishra achieves the position of Grand Master, he will be free to pursue his own interests and aspirations. If it is the tournaments he participates in or whether he wants to continue playing chess at all. It will be up to him to decide.

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