R Praggnanandha Becomes World's Second Youngest Chess Grandmaster

| June 24 , 2018 , 15:03 IST

An Indian soil chess player again shone worldwide as on Sunday R Praggnandhaa of Chennai become the World Second Youngest Grand Master at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days only.

With 2529 FDI ratings, 6.5/8 - points/games, 2672 performance and + 15.1 ratings he emerged as a winner at the Grendine Open in Italy.

Five-time world champion Vishwanathan Anand tweeted "welcome to the club" and congratulated him with kind words.

It was not a cake walk for R Praggnanandha who is extremely talented and hard working, but a long battle of 10 months and 13 days that led him to triumph the final round in the Grendine Open in Italy.

He was paired up with Grand Master Prujjsers Roland in the final round, which ensured that he would be able to triumph the battle as he needed an opponent who is above 2482 ratings in the next round to make it to third GM norms.

His coach RB Ramesh said, “BIG Relief! Congratulations @rpragchess. Great inspiration personally working with you! He travels an hour each way to attend lessons. Great commitment from the parents. Thanks to sponsor Ramco and Mr. Venkaraman Raja too.”

At the age of 10 years and 10 months R Praggnanandha became the youngest International master in chess.

The youngest grandmaster in the history of the game is Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine who won the title of youngest Grandmaster at the age 12 years and 7 months.