Chess legend Viswanathan Anand has congratulated Indian-born Abhimanyu Mishra on being the youngest grandmaster (GM) in the sport.
At 12 years, four months and 25 days, Mishra achieved the feat after marking his third GM norm at the April Vezerkepzo tournament in Budapest on Wednesday, after crossing the required 2,500 Elo barrier.
In the process, New Jersey-based Mishra broke the 19-year-old record set by Russian CEO Sergei Karyakin in 2002 by two months and five days.
“Great results for Indian chess! @NihalSarin @ArjunErigaisi and big congratulations on Indian descent Abhimanyu Misra for becoming the youngest GM! Nihal is part of the Westbridge Anand Chess Academy and Arjun is a player I watch closely and play coach with. “tweeted Anand.
Mishra, born on February 5, 2009, is now at the top of the list of the brightest prodigies in the game. Only five players in chess history managed to win the GM title before the age of 13.
“On Wednesday, Mishra won the biggest game of his short but sweet career to date. He defeated 15-year-old Indian CEO Leon Luke Mendonka with black pieces, providing a performance rating higher than 2,600 for nine rounds,” an official statement said. on Chess.com
Mishra’s next appearance will now be at the FIDE World Cup in Sochi on July 10th.