Abhimanyu Mishra an Indian-origin American becomes youngest chess Grandmaster in the world

Indian origin American Abhimanyu Mishra holds the world record of the youngest chess Grandmaster

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Indian-origin American Abhimanyu Mishra is titled with the youngest-ever chess Grandmaster in the world. The 12 years, four months and 25 days boy took over title from the longest record holder Sergey Karjankin, who was 12 years and seven month old. India’s R Praggnanandhaa almost surpassed him three years ago, but missed the chance by a thin line.

At the age of two-and-a-half-years Abhimanyu’s father Hemant introduced him to chess. Abhimanyu started excelling in the game of chess and defeated his father and cleared several local tournaments at the age of five. He also defeated players as old as his father. Reportedly his coach Arun Prasad mentioned about an incident where Abhimanyu took over a veteran 70 year old opponent.

Before becoming the youngest National Master in US at the age of nine, Abhimanyu became famous for becoming the youngest national champion at the age of seven.

Abhimanyu is now in an elite group of five previous youngest Grandmasters from Tigran Pestrosian to Boris Spassky, then Bobby Fischer, Judit Polgar and Karjakin. His journey has just began and there is another milestone of holding the youngest GM record.