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Indian boy creates history; becomes second youngest Grandmaster

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Chennai boy, R Praggnanandhaa created history on Saturday when he became the second youngest grandmaster in the world at the age of 12 years and 10 months. Sergey Karjakin is the youngest grandmaster at the age of 12 years and 7 months.

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Praggnanandhaa has been playing some flawless chess in Gredine Open in Ortisei, Italy. He has accounted for some fine wins under his belt, including defeating Iran youngster Aryan Gholami. On Saturday, Praggnandhaa beat Italian GM Luca Moroni Jr in the eighth round. However, it was not enough for the youngster to earn his third GM norm.

In the ninth round, Praggnanandhaa had to play an opponent above the rating of 2482 to achieve the norm. Fortunately, he was drawn with Pruijssers Roeland of the Netherlands, whose rating was 2514. Praggnanandhaa now becomes the second chess player to become a GM before the age of 13.

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Praggnanandhaa has already achieved his first GM norm in the World Juniors 2017 and the second GM norm at a closed round-robin tournament in Greece. He had also crossed 2500 Elo rating points.

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