Indian boy from Chennai becomes second youngest Grandmaster in the history of chess

It is no secret that India has produced countless brightest talents so much so that even other country people are mesmerized by it. Be it academics, sports or any other field, India’s aspiring minds have always lived up to their reputation and make a real case for themselves as successful assets.

Hailing from Tamil Nadu, the Chennai boy R Praggnanandha has done something great in life which others can only dream of. The smart kid who has the knack of making canny moves in Chess game has become India’s youngest and World’s second youngest grandmaster of all time.

Credits: via ChessBase

Praggnanandha is 12 years and 10 months old. Sergey Karjakin from Ukraine holds the record for being the youngest grandmaster at 12 years and 7 months. In 2016, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest ever International Master at 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days.

In his short career of playing chess, Praggnanandhaa R. has seen both highs and lows. Through all these fluctuations he has come out strong and bold. To add the fact that he is the best and youngest to have ever graced the sport in India.

Praggnanandha taught many people that age is just a number as anything in the world is possible. It’s all about the passion, grit and determination that keeps one alive and energetic in the concerned field. His inspiration is none other than the legendary Vishwanath Anand.

The legend himself showered praise on R Praggnanandha for his incredible achievement. He took to Twitter to say, “Welcome to the club & congrats Praggnanandhaa!! See u soon in Chennai?”


Having achieved one of the greatest feats in his career at such a young age, he got immense praises from all corners of the world.

Hailing from Chennai, Chaithanya G is the Managing Director of TheYouth. He has dedicated his whole life to reading and writing.