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Gukesh is the youngest player to cross 2750

Author: Maria Fragaki

At the age of 17 years, one month, and 21 days, GM Gukesh D. is expected to become the youngest player in history to cross the 2750 rating mark and climb to World’s No.11. The Indian prodigy aims to surpass GM Viswanathan Anand’s rating, who has held India’s highest-rated player title since 1986, but is also focused on preparing for the upcoming FIDE World Cup, and the World Chess Armageddon finals.

Photo by Max Avdeev / World Chess Armageddon Championship Series

The next FIDE rating list comes out soon and the 17-years-old Indian chess prodigy Gukesh D. will be the youngest player in history to have a published rating of 2750! This rating will put him in World’s No.11 spot, and much closer to the Indian No.1 GM Viswanathan Anand’s 2754 rating, which hasn’t been surpassed for 37 years!

Gukesh achieved this milestone during the final round of the Turkish Super League 2023 in Ankara, coinciding with International Chess Day. He secured the required win against GM Klementy Sychev to win 1st board medal, 7 rating points, and break the record.

It is safe to say that Gukesh is killing it in 2023 as he had participated in several prestigious tournaments, like Tata Steel Chess, WR Chess Masters, TePe Sigeman Chess Tournament, Sharjah Chess Masters, Norway Chess, and the Tech Mahindra Global Chess League, and achieved the ground-breaking performance of 3366 after winning 8 games in a row including GM Fabiano Caruana at the 44th Olympiad in Chennai, India.

Interesting facts

  • Gukesh earned his grandmaster title in 2019.
  • He was the youngest Indian player to cross 2700 (the 4th youngest in general), and break into World Top 100.
  • GM Magnus Carlsen was the previous record-holder for youngest 2750.
  • GM Alireza Firouzja is the youngest to break 2800 at the age of 18 and five months

World Chess Armageddon Series Finalist

Gukesh hasn’t turned 17 yet when he won the World Chess Armageddon: Asia & Oceania among 7 world-class players and four incredible, star-spangled, final games against the former World Rapid Champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov!

This win granted him a spot at the Armageddon’s Grand Finale in September in Berlin, right after the FIDE World Cup!

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