Grandmasters Are Getting Younger by The Day
Born on the 5th of February 2009 in United States of America
Abihanyu Mishra played in his first rated tournament in June 2014 at age 5.
Moving forward to 2021 he is now the world’s youngest Grandmaster. The tween from New Jersey, all of 12 years, 4 months and 25 days, broke Sergey Karjakin’s 19-year-old record with a third norm in Budapest on the 30th of June. Karjakin, who was World Championship challenger to Magnus Carlsen in 2016, had earned his GM title at 12 years and seven months. In search of the GM title, Abhimanyu and his father have been in Budapest since April this year. He earned two norms over two months and his final norm arrived with a win over Indian GM Leon Mendonca with black pieces at the Vezerkepzo GM mix on the 30th of June. in what was his final tournament in Budapest. His next destination is Sochi, where he will play in the Fide World Cup.
The Key Game
In an epic battle Abhimanyu Mishra beat Leon Mendonca with black pieces in an endgame which looked completely lost for him. Here is the key game, where Mishra, playing Black against Mendonca, won to get to a score of 7/9, sufficient for the Grandmaster norm.