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.