Indian-American, Abhimanyu Mishra, has become the youngest grandmaster in
the history of chess at just 12 years old. Mishra scored his third GM norm in
Budapest, having already crossed the required 2500 Elo rating barrier.
To become a grandmaster in chess, a player must achieve three grandmaster norms —
an award given for a high level of performance in a chess tournament as well as
achieving an 2500 Elo rating given out by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs
(FIDE), the rankings that govern international chess competition.
At the Vezerkepzo GM Mix tournament, Mishra defeated grandmaster Leon
Mendonca in the thrilling ninth round to earn his third and final norm having earned
his first two over the previous two months.
He had already topped the required 2500 Elo rating mark in June, paving the way for
him to better the previous record — which had stood for 19 years — by approximately
He posted a message of celebration on Twitter, saying: “Finally checkmated the
biggest opponent (ongoing pandemic) which stopped me for 14 months. Thanks,
everybody for all your love and support. Looking forward to World cup.”
Breaking records is something Mishra has become accustomed to.
When he was just seven, he became the United States Chess Federation’s youngest
Congratulations to 12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra for setting the new world record!
@ChessMishra becomes the youngest grandmaster in history, earning his final norm
at the tender age of 12 years, 4 months, and 25 days.