The ‘new’ youngest chess International Master (IM)

Praggnanandhaa is the youngest chess IM so far at 10 years and 10 months old.

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Praggnanandhaa is just 10 years and 10 months old, and he is about to receive his IM title soon, as he recently earned his third and final IM norm in Bhubaneswar in India.

Praggnanandhaa is the youngest chess IM in history.
Praggnanandhaa is the youngest chess IM in history.

The New Indian Express writes:

A couple of years on, the kid who slept during a game is one of the biggest stories in world chess. The 10-year-old from Chennai achieved his third and final International Master (IM) norm after beating a Grandmaster and holding two others at the KIIT International Festival of Chess in Bhubaneswar.

When I was 10 years old, I have yet to learn how to play the game of chess.

Thus, R Praggnanandhaa has at most 21 months to finish his GM norms in order to beat the current youngest GM ever, the challenger in this year’s world championship, Sergey Karjakin. We’re eager to watch out for that if he could indeed make it.

For your reference, the following is the list of the youngest GM’s, their age when they achieved them, their birthyears, and the year they achieved their GM title.

Youngest grandmasters in history

No.
 Player
Nat.
years
mths
days
born
GM
1
 Sergey Karjakin
UKR
12
7
0
1990
2002
2
 Parimarjan Negi
IND
13
4
22
1993
2006
3
 Magnus Carlsen
NOR
13
4
27
1990
2004
4
 Bu Xiangzhi
CHN
13
10
13
1985
1999
5
 Richard Rapport
HUN
13
11
15
1996
2010
6
 Teimour Radjabov
AZE
14
0
14
1987
2001
7
 Ruslan Ponomariov
UKR
14
0
17
1983
1997
8
 Wesley So
PHI
14
1
28
1993
2007
9
 Etienne Bacrot
FRA
14
2
0
1983
1997
10
 Jorge Cori
PER
14
2
0
1995
2009

Youngest grandmasters in history as of May 31, 2016.

Check out: R. Praggnanandhaa vs. Levon Babujian — Aeroflot Open B 2016.

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