Pranav Anand becomes India’s 76th chess grandmaster

The 15-year-old, having already met the other necessary requirements for a GM title, claimed the honor on Thursday night.

Pranav Anand becomes the 76th Grand Master of India. (Twitter/@ChessbaseIndia)

Bengaluru teenager Pranav Anand has become India’s 76th grandmaster after breaking the 2,500 Elo mark in the ongoing World Youth Chess Championship in Mamaia, Romania.

The 15-year-old, having already met the other necessary requirements for a GM title, claimed the honor on Thursday night.

To become a GM, a player must achieve three GM standards and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points.

Anand had scored the third and final GM norm at the 55th Biel Chess Festival in Switzerland in July.

“He is passionate about chess. Extremely interested and passionate about the game. He can work any number of hours,” Anand’s coach V Saravanan told PTI.

“He’s particularly good at math and endgame…those are his two biggest strengths right now,” Saravanan said of his ward’s ninth-round victory in the Under-16 section of the World Youth Chess Championship 2022.

“Also, the most important reason for Pranav’s success is the dedication of his family, his mother, his father… They spent so much time and supported him,” “If the pandemic wasn’t here, Pranav could have become a GM at least a year ago. He is one of the most talented kids I have ever met,” added the international master.

Anand had secured his third and final GM norm in Biel by drawing against Spanish number five GM Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (2619) in the penultimate round.

He had also beaten GM Maxime Lagarde of France (2631), GM Sethuraman SP (2623), drawn with GM Aryan Chopra (2610) and GM Shant Sargsyan of Armenia (2661) in the event.

His first two GM standards came in the Sitges Open (January 2022) and Vezerkepso GM Round Robin (March 2022) tournaments.

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