12-year-old from New Jersey becomes youngest chess grandmaster ever

  • 10 Jul - 16 Jul, 2021
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While he may not even be old enough to drive, Abhimanyu Mishra already has a place in the record books. Mishra was named the youngest chess grandmaster in history, earning the title at 12 years, four months, and 25 days old, the US Chess Federation announced. Mishra was previously named both the youngest master in US history at nine years and two months as well as the youngest International master ever at 10 years, nine months, and three days. Mishra's latest feat breaks a record previously held by Russia's Sergey Karjakin, who became the world's youngest chess grandmaster 19 years ago. The title was beaten by a difference of just 66 days. To become a chess grandmaster, a player needs to reach a 2500 Elo rating. The Elo rating system is a way of measuring a player's results from past rated games. In addition to the high rating, a player must achieve three grandmaster norms, which is a great tournament performance played against very strong opposition. Mishra earned his third norm at the Vezerkepzo GM Mix tournament when he defeated grandmaster Leon Mendonca in nine rounds. He surpassed the 2500 Elo rating in June.