Gukesh becomes World’s Second Youngest Grandmaster

New Delhi (15 Jan 19) :- Chennai’s Gukesh D. made his third and final Grandmaster norm in the penultimate round of 17th Delhi International chess tournament now underway here.

Gukesh has secured 7 points in nine rounds to become the second youngest grandmaster in chess history, behind Sergey Karjakin of Russia but ahead of Javokhir Sindarov of Uzbekistan. He won his game in the ninth round against Dinesh Sharma rated 2303.

Meanwhile Grandmaster Pantsulaia Levan of Georgia stayed ahead of the field after defeating overnight leader Mosadeghpour Masoud of Iran. Kerala’s Grandmaster S. L Narayanan outwitted Odisha’s Debashis Das to take his tally to 7.5 points.

The Rs. 35 Lakh tournament will come to an end on Wednesday. The tenth round will witness clash of overnight leaders Pantsulaia Levan and S.L Narayanan.

Local hopeful GM Abhijeet Gupta has a chance to finish in top five if he can win his last round game against Gukesh D. However, the young Chennai prodigy is in top form here.

There were norms galore at the tournament. International Masters Gukesh D and Visakh NR secured GM norms while Aditya Mittal, Saurabh Ananad, Bharat Kumar Reddy and Neelash Saha scored IM Norms respectively.

Pairings

Round 10

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 10
GM Narayanan.S.L 2575 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2597
3
2 1
GM Amonatov Farrukh 2621 7 7 IM Visakh N R 2486
24
3 9
GM Gupta Abhijeet 2581 7 7 IM Gukesh D 2497
22
4 19
GM Mosadeghpour Masoud 2517 7 7 GM Erigaisi Arjun 2548
12
5 13
GM Ghosh Diptayan 2544 7 7 IM Praveen Kumar C 2233
81
6 21
GM Movsziszian Karen 2514 7 7 GM Stupak Kirill 2542
15
7 23
GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2487 7 7 GM Tran Tuan Minh 2541
16
8 2
GM Predke Alexandr 2620 GM Rahman Ziaur 2470
27
9 5
GM Rozum Ivan 2589 IM Karthikeyan P. 2457
30
10 7
GM Paichadze Luka 2583 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2437
38
11 35
GM Lugovskoy Maxim 2445 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2570
11
12 43
GM Thipsay Praveen M 2405 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2543
14
13 17
GM Debashis Das 2538 IM Muthaiah Al 2406
42
14 65
IM Kathmale Sameer 2312 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2533
18
15 63
Pranav V 2318 GM Karthik Venkataraman 2515
20
16 89
Saurabh Anand 2210 IM Harsha Bharathakoti 2481
26
17 76
CM Aditya Mittal 2251 6 GM Popov Ivan 2588
6
18 67
IM Sharma Dinesh K. 2303 6 6 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2582
8
19 68
Neelash Saha 2300 6 6 IM Vignesh N R 2461
29
20 31
IM Khusenkhojaev Muhammad 2455 6 6 Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri 2197
91