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12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes the youngest GM in chess history

At just 12 years of age, Abhimanyu Mishra has become the youngest grandmaster in chess history. He broke the record of Sergey Karjakin who held the title of the youngest GM in the chess world.

Mishra’s quest for the youngest GM holder position had extra merit, having in mind the ongoing Covid19 pandemic and postponement of many over-the-board events. To break the record, 12 years old boy from New Jersey needed to take the last – final GM norm before 5th September, 2021.

At the Vezerkepzo GM Mix tournament, he defeated GM Leon Mendonca in the 9th round to earn the third and final GM norm, while rating requirements he achieved in June.

List of the top 10 youngest Grandmasters in the World

  1. Abhimanyu Mishra (12 years, 4 months, 25 days)
  2. Sergey Karjakin (12 years, 7 months)
  3. Dommaraju Gukesh (12 years, 7 months, 17 days)
  4. Javokhir Sindarov (12 years, 10 months, 10 days)
  5. Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu (12 years, 10 months, 13 days)
  6. Nodirbek Abdusattorov (13 years, 1 month, 11 days)
  7. Parimarjan Negi (13 years, 4 month, 22 days)
  8. Magnus Carlsen (13 years, 4 month, 27 days)
  9. Wei Yi (13 years, 8 month, 23 days)
  10. Raunak Sadhwani (13 years, 9 month, 28 days)
  11. Bu Xiangzhi (13 years, 10 month, 13 days)

Abhimanyu Mishra was already a record holder – the youngest IM in the world. In 2016, on May 30th, Mishra Abhimanyu became the youngest International master at the age of 10 years, 9 months and 3 days, 17 days faster than Indian prodigy Praggnanandhaa. Mishra is also the youngest National Master, having earned the title at 7 years, 6 months, and 22 days, breaking the record of Awonder Liang (more National Masters coming – Tami Adewumi is a National Master at 10).

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