India’s D Gukesh Tuesday became the second youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, seven months and 17 days, erasing the mark set by another Tamil Nadu guy R Praggnanandhaa. Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin remains the youngest-ever GM, having achieved the feat at the age of 12 years and seven months in 2002.
In December last year Gukesh missed on the record when he lost his third round game against GM Daniele Vocaturo of Italy at the Sunway Sitges International in Barcelona. He achieved his third and final GM norm at the ongoing 17th Delhi International Open Chess tournament in Delhi after beating International Master D K Sharma in the ninth round. Gukesh becomes India’s 59th Grand Master.