Namma Chennai boy R. Praggnanandhaa has created history as he became the second youngest Grand Master on Saturday. All of 12 years and ten months, the young lad earned his third Grand Master in the Gredine Open conducted in Italy.
Praggnanandhaa is the second youngest person to become a Grand Master, standing next only to Ukranian GM Sergei Karajakin, who won the title in 1990 at 12 years and 7 months of age.
According to reports, Praggnanandhaa won the title winning against Italian Grandmaster Luca Moroni Jr in the 8th round. Reports also say that Praggnanandhaa played some powerful moves and made full use of the advantage he got in the beginning of the game.
According to reports, Moroni withdrew from the game midway, making Praggnanandhaa the winner. Praggnanandhaa has also crossed 2500 Elo rating points, the system by which chess ratings are calculated. In order to be awarded the Grand Master title, he had to face an opponent that holds above 2482 Elo ratings.
Meanwhile chess Grand Master and former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has tweeted about young Praggnanandhaa and said-
More power to these Tamil Nadu lads, thank you for making us proud.