R Praggnanandhaa, a twelve-year-old from Chennai created history by becoming the youngest Indian Grandmaster the second youngest chess grandmaster in the world playing the championship at Gredine Open in Italy. He has earned his third norm by the end of the 8 rounds with 6.5 points. He is paired with Dutch GM Roeland Pruijssers for the final round.
Earlier Praggnanandhaa won his first GM norm at World Junior Championships in Tarvisio in November 2017, and second GM norm at Heraklion Fischer Memorial GM Norm tournament in Greece in April this year. He could have become the youngest overall chess grandmaster if he is not three months older than the Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine, the current holder of that honour.
Viswanathan Anand was all praise for young master. He was very much impressed by the acumen, style, and strength displayed by R Praggnanandhaa and warmly welcomed him into the fraternity of Chess grandmasters.