R. Praggnanandhaa: Youngest International Chess Master


Praggnanandhaa, the youngest International Master in the history of chess, had once slept on the chess board while his opponent waited for him to make a move. However, that was just one silly incident that happened as a result of the young boy getting tired and jet-lagged.

Today, the 10 year and 9 months old boy has achieved his third and final International Master (IM) norm after beating a Grandmaster and is the proud recipient of the two KIIT International Festival of Chess title in Bhubaneswar.

The Chennai boy got his first IM norm three months ago at the Cannes Open in France. The second norm came at the Aeroflot Open in Russia. In Bhubaneswar, he achieved his third norm and ELO rating of 2400 to become an International Master.

He got interested in the game after watching his sister R Vaishali getting trained. His sister is herself a world girl’s under-14 champion.

However, given the talent, the problem lies in investing a lot of money so that Praggnanandhaa could participate in more tournaments abroad.



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