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World’s second youngest GM
D Gukesh, at 12 years, 7 months and 17 days, became India’s youngest ever Grandmaster when he achieved his third and final GM norm at the ongoing Delhi international chess tournament. The young gun has been in the news as one of the contenders to beat GM Sergey Karjakin’s record of being the youngest Grandmaster ever. Gukesh missed out on that feat but he is happy to have crossed the milestone at his own pace.
“When I got the news, I was quite happy. I missed out on becoming the youngest GM when I couldn’t get the required norm at the Sunway Sitges international in Barcelona last month. I was disappointed, but took it in my stride,” Gukesh told TOI.
With this stupendous achievement, Gukesh has overtaken city mate R Praggnanandhaa who became a GM at 12 years, 10 months and 13 days. The last few weeks tested Gukesh mentally, but he reminded himself of how Magnus Carlsen – the current World No. 1 – too wasn’t the holder of the youngest GM tag. “If he could become a world-beater despite not having the youngest-ever GM tag, so can I,” said Gukesh, who has 7 points from 9 rounds in the Delhi event with one more round to go.
Hailing from a family with strong academic background – his father Rajinikanth is an ENT surgeon and mother Padma a microbiologist – one would have expected Gukesh to be more inclined towards studies. But the youngster chose chess as his passion.
Meanwhile, on a day when India got its youngest ever GM, his citymate NR Visakh too achieved the GM tag. Visakh too got his third and final GM norm at the Delhi meet on Tuesday.
Youngest ever GMs: Sergey Karjakin: 12 years, 7 months, 0 days; D Gukesh: 12 years, 7 months, 17 days; Javokhir Sindarov: 12 years, 10 months, 5 days; R Praggnanandhaa:12 years,10 months, 13 days and Nodirbek Abdusattorov: 13 years, 1 month, 11 days.