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India's D Gukesh is world’s 2nd youngest chess grandmaster

January 17, 2019

Chennai's D Gukesh is the second youngest grandmaster in the world. He is also the youngest Indian to achieve this remarkable honour. Just 12 years, seven months and 17 days of age. Gukesh beat the record set by Chennai-based R Pragganandhaa.

Ukraine's Sergey Karjakin is still the youngest ever grandmaster in the world. He achieved this when he was 12 years old and seven months.

Tributes have come pouring in for young Gukesh.

Congratulations to Gukesh! What an achievement. An India U15 all-grandmaster team could show up at the Chess Olympiad and be stronger than the majority of the participating countries. What an exciting development India is going through! #Chess #India- Carsten Hansen, Author

Gukesh's victory is even sweeter since he won the feat on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival celebrated across India. Gukesh beat Dinesh Sharma in the ninth round of the Delhi International Open Grandmasters Chess tournament to become numero uno in the game.

Gukesh, who just narrowly missed the record of Karjakin, hopes that he can break more records in the coming years.

Social media was flooded with congratulatory messages and wishes for the young grandmaster.

"Congrats to D. Gukesh and Indian chess with an incredible achievement! It wouldn't surprise me if India in 10 years or so will have the top 3 players in the world", tweeted Tarjei J Svensen.

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