Indian-origin boy Abhimanyu Mishra from United States becomes youngest ever chess Grandmaster

12-year-old Indian origin boy, Abhimanyu Mishra from the United States, broke Sergey Karjakin’s 19-year-old record and became the youngest ever Grandmaster in chess on Wednesday, June 30.

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Abhimanyu, who comes from New Jersey, surpassed Russia’s Grandmaster Karjakin’s 12 years and 7 months record made in 2002, August 12, which lasted for 19 years.

Mishra, who was born on February 5, 2009, obtained the highest title in chess, with the black piece, by overcoming 15-year-old GM Leon Luke Mendonca of India, said in a statement by Chess.com.

Newly crowned youngest ever Grandmaster in chess Abhimanyu is 12 years, 4 months and 25 days old. He picked up his third GM norm in Budapest after he had already crossed the 2500 Elo rating barrier. He attained the fear at the Vezerkepzo GM Mix tournament in Budapest. He won his first GM norm in the April Vezerkepzo championship and the second at May 2021 First Saturday championship.

He earlier broke the record of R Praggnanandhaa of India and became the youngest international master. 12-year-old GM earned the title when he was 10 years, 9 months and 20 days old in 2019 and overtook 10 years old, 10 months and 19 days old Praggnanandhaa when he settled the IM title.

Despite his record gets broken, Karjakin wished Abhimanyu for his successful future and quoted via Chess.com, “Yes, I am a little sad that I lost the record, I don’t want to lie, but at the same time I can only congratulate him and it’s no problem. I hope that he will go on to become one of the top chess players and it will be just a nice start to his big career. I wish him all the best.”