American chess player Abhimanyu Mishra became the youngest chess grandmaster at the age of 12 years, four months and 25 days, breaking Sergey Karjakin’s record of 19 years.
Mishra earned the third and final Grandmaster qualification at the Vezerkepzo GM Mix on June 30 in Budapest, Hungary. He beat Mendonca Grandmaster Leon Luke in game nine, leading the tournament with seven points. Mishra’s performance after nine games is equivalent to that of Elo 2,619, higher than the 2,600 required to earn the standard, despite the result of the last game on July 1.
“The game against Leon is tough”, Mishra said to Times of India. “But as long as he makes a mistake in the end, I’m eligible. I’m light-hearted and happy because I won this achievement.”
Mishra earned the first two standards in April and May 2021 respectively in Hungary. He also hit the Elo 2,500 mark in June. With three benchmarks, and an Elo of 2,500 or more, Mishra was recognized as a Grandmaster by FIDE on June 30, when he was 12 years, four months and 25 days old. Mishra broke the old record set by chess player Sergey Karjakin in 2002 at the age of 12 years and seven months.
“I don’t know why I’m at peace with this information,” Karjakin told Chess.com June 30th. “Because I feel that this record has lasted nearly 20 years is too long. This record needs to be broken. I was convinced that sooner or later it will come. I believed that a certain Indian player would broke it much earlier, but luckily that didn’t happen. Of course I’m sad because I lost the record, can’t lie to myself. But I also want to congratulate the boy, no problem at all. I hope he will become one of the masters.”
Mishra was born on February 5, 2009 in New Jersey, USA, to an Indian software engineer father. Mishra learned chess at the age of two and a half, and holds the records for youngest American Grandmaster at nine years old, and youngest international Grandmaster at 10 years old. He also became the fifth player to win the Grandmaster title before turning 13, including three players of Indian origin.
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