12-year-old Indian-origin player is youngest GM in chess history

US player Abhimanyu Mishra, from Indian origin, scored his third GM norm in Budapest this year

An American player of Indian origin has become the youngest grandmaster (GM) in chess history at 12 years of age

Abhimanyu Mishra scored his third GM norm in Budapest on June 30, having already crossed the required 2500 Elo rating barrier.

“On June 30, Mishra won the biggest game of his short but sweet career so far. He defeated the 15-year-old Indian GM Leon Luke Mendonca with the black pieces, securing a performance rating higher than 2600 over nine rounds,” an official release on chess.com said.


Mishra became a GM at 12 years, four months and 25 days, breaking the 19-year-old record set by Russian GM Sergey Karjakin at 12 years and seven months.

Mishra spent many months in Budapest, Hungary, playing back-to-back tournaments, chasing the GM title and record. He scored both his first and second GM norms there, at the April Vezerkepzo tournament and the May 2021 First Saturday tournament, both round-robins of 10 players specially set up for scoring norms.

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The organisers created one final event in Budapest, where Mishra claimed his record.

India has seen a string of successes in the chess world from its young players. In 2020, India, jointly with Russia, won the FIDE Chess Olympiad, cementing their status as one of the best chess countries in the world.

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