12yr old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest Grand Master in Chess in world history

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.

12-year-old Indian origin boy, Abhimanyu Mishra has done something great in life that others of his age can only dream of. The smart kid who has the knack of making canny moves in the Chess game has become the youngest-ever Grandmaster in chess on Wednesday.

12yr old Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest Grand Master in Chess in world history

Abhimanyu, who comes from New Jersey etched his name in the record books by breaking a record of 12 years and 7 months set by GM Sergey Karjakin in 2002. Abhimanyu, who is 12 years, 4 months, and 25 days bagged his third GM norm in Budapest after having already crossed the 2500 Elo rating barrier.

The youngster accomplished the feat at the Vezerkepzo GM Mix tournament in Budapest. It is worth mentioning here that on August 12, 2002, Karjakin clinched the Grandmaster title.

He was only 12 years and 7 months old while lifting the trophy. Meanwhile, Mishra, who was born February 5, 2009, achieved the highest title in chess by getting the better of 15-year-old Indian GM Leon Luke Mendonca with the black piece, as per Chess.com statement.

Notably, Abhimanyu broke the record of India’s R Praggnanandhaa to become the youngest international master. Mishra came through with flying colours by winning the title when he was 10 years, 9 months and 20 days in 2019, surpassing Praggnanandhaa who was 10 years, 10 months and 19 days when winning the IM title.

Karjakin reserved the highest respect for Abhimanyu Mishra after the latter won the title. Karjakin said he was a little upset at his record being broken but at the same time, wished the boy the best for a successful future.

“Somehow I am quite philosophical about this because I felt like it has been almost 20 years and it is really too much! It had to be broken. Sooner or later I was sure that it would happen. I was completely sure that one of the Indian guys would do it much earlier. Somehow I was very lucky that it didn’t happen,” Karjakin was quoted as saying by Chess.com.

“Yes, I am a little sad that I lost the record, I don’t want to lie, but at the same time I can only congratulate him and it’s no problem. I hope that he will go on to become one of the top chess players and it will be just a nice start to his big career. I wish him all the best.”