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Chess: American 12-year-old closes in on world record for youngest grandmaster

  Abhimanyu Mishra poised to break Sergey Karjakin’s mark of 12 years seven months mark despite going six months without playing in a tournament due to Covid-19 One of the most enduring chess records, Sergey Karjakin as the youngest grandmaster ever at 12 years and seven months, looks set to fall in the next few weeks. Abhimanyu Mishra, from New Jersey, US, is already the youngest ever international master, at 11. and has just achieved two of the three required GM norms for the higher title. There were GM level teenagers before 1950, but the world body Fide only issued its first list in that year. Then David Bronstein was the youngest at 26, followed by Tigran Petrosian at 23 in 1952, Boris Spassky at 18 in 1955, and Bobby Fischer at 15 in 1958. The last three all became world champions. Fischer held the record for over 30 years before the all-time No 1 woman, Judit Polgar, broke it in 1991, after which it was gradually lowered until Karjakin set his target in 2002. Continue reading... .. Full story on 

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