Anurag Mhamal Becomes Goa’s First GM

By Arvind Aaron

Goa chess is in celebration mode. Anurag Mhamal became the state’s first GM and the country’s 48th Grand Master. The Goa Chess Association has also made a grand reception when he returns to Goa on July 17 evening from Spain.

Twenty-two year old Anurag Mhamal became an International Master in 2013 and had consistently increased his rating. He is sponsored by Dempo and is a Goodwill Ambassador.

Anurag gained 10.50 Elo in Dolomiti, Italy in June 2017 and has now completed the 2500 mark at Benasque in Spain with 4.5/5. Defeat to G.N. Gopal in the next pushed him to 45th place with 6.5/10. But, he crossed the 2500 rating mark mid-way through this event.