India’s Youngest Grandmaster D Gukesh Makes History at Candidates Chess Tournament

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India's 17-Year-Old Grandmaster D Gukesh Makes History at Candidates Chess Tournament
D Gukesh (Photo: Social Media)

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Toronto : India’s 17-year-old Grandmaster D Gukesh created history by winning the Candidates Chess Tournament being held in Toronto. With this he became the youngest challenger for the world title, breaking the record set by the great Garry Kasparov 40 years ago. Gukesh also became the youngest player to win the Candidates Chess Tournament. He is also the second Indian after Vishwanathan Anand to win the Candidates Chess Tournament.

Gukesh played an easy draw with American Hikaru Nakamura in the 14th and final round and finished the tournament with nine points out of 14. The Candidates Chess Tournament is held to challenge the World Champion.

With this victory, Gukesh will be able to challenge the current world champion Ding Liren of China in the match to be held later this year. This young chess player from Chennai improved Kasparov’s record to a great extent.

Former Russian great Kasparov was 22 when he qualified to face compatriot Anatoly Karpov in 1984. “Very relieved and very happy,” Gukesh said after his victory. I was also following the games of Fabio Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi (both of whom were also contenders and were facing each other in a separate match). After that I talked to another player, Grzegorz Gajewski, I think it helped.

Along with winning the tournament, Gukesh also won a cash prize of 88,500 Euros (approximately Rs 78.5 lakh). The total prize money for the candidates was 5,00,000 Euros. Gukesh became the second Indian after the great Vishwanathan Anand to win this prestigious tournament. Five-time world champion Anand’s victory came in 2014.

D Gukesh, the youngest challenger for the world chess title, breaks records at the Candidates Chess Tournament in Toronto, inspiring chess enthusiasts worldwide with his strategic brilliance and unwavering determination.

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