19-year-old Rahul Srivatshav reached the long-awaited goal and became the 74th India’s grandmaster! He participates in the Italian Summer Chess Tour in a hunt for the needed elo points to complete the 2500 task and get the grandmaster title. Srivatshav already has five grandmaster norms earned in 2019 and he was struggling to cross the rating of 2500 to earn the GM title.
In the interview for ChessBase India, Rahul Srivatshav explained he is currently studying in the US, Dallas, and that the pandemic of Covid19 made it harder for him to fight for the rating of 2500. When the pandemic came he decided to turn to education and studies, and that helped him to be better organized in life. See the whole interview below.