Chess prodigies of the new generation are making a serious advance. Most chess events and travel are blocked due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, but wherever there is OTB chess, a young chess talent shines.
Just as the chess world is impatiently awaiting the final GM norm of Abhimanyu Mishra, a young boy in France made history today. At the age of 14 years and 5 days, Marc’Andria Maurizzi earned the third Grandmaster norm to become the youngest French Grandmaster ever!
With score of 6.5/9 points at the 2nd Chartres GM tournament played in Chartres, France, Maurizzi beat Etienne Bacrot’s record.
Before the achievement of Maurizzi, the youngest French Grandmasters were:
- Etienne Bacrot, 14 years, 2 months (in 1997)
- Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 14 years, 4 months (in 2004)
- Joël Lautier, 16 years, 10 months (in 1990)
Maurizzi’s achievement also puts him as the 13th youngest Grandmaster in world’s history, after Sergey Karjakin, D. Gukesh, Javokhir Sindarov, Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Parimarjan Negi, Magnus Carlsen, Wei Yi, Raunak Sadhwani, Bu Xiangzhi, Samuel Sevian, and Richárd Rapport.