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GM title for Illya Nyzhnyk in Groningen

1/1/2011 – Just three months and two days after his 14th birthday the Ukrainian prodigy held GM Abhijeet Gupta to a draw. It was the penultimate round of the Groningen Chess Festival, but young Illya had enough points to secure his final GM norm, making him the currently youngest grandmaster in the world, and the eleventh youngest in history. Illustrated report.
 

The Groningen Chess Festival took place December 21st-30th 2010. Six players finished at 6.5/9 points, with Dejan Bojkov taking first prize on tie-break points.

#
Player
Pts
Nat.
Rtng
TPR
W-We WP SB
1 GM Bojkov, Dejan 6.5 BUL 2542 2631
+1.12
50.5
35.25
2 IM Nyzhnyk, Illya 6.5 UKR 2535 2671
+1.71
49.5
33.75
3 GM Bluvshtein, Mark 6.5 CAN 2587 2606
+0.39
49.0
34.25
4 IM Brandenburg, Daan 6.5 NED 2515 2639
+1.66
49.0
33.75
5 GM Ernst, Sipke 6.5 NED 2590 2628
+0.49
47.0
32.25
6 IM Van Kampen, Robin 6.5 NED 2454 2627
+2.18
45.5
30.5
7 GM Andriasian, Zaven 5.5 ARM 2585 2540
-0.45
50.5
29.25
8 GM Prohaszka, Peter 5.5 HUN 2536 2550
+0.27
49.5
28.75
9 GM Gupta, Abhijeet 5.5 IND 2600 2550
-0.54
49.5
28.5
10 GM Rotstein, Arkadij 5.5 GER 2538 2551
+0.28
49.0
28.75
11 IM Lobzhanidze, Davit 5.5 GEO 2496 2471
-0.12
44.5
25.25
12 IM Grover, Sahaj 5.5 IND 2432 2475
+0.62
44.0
25.75
13 IM Bok, Benjamin 5.5 NED 2458 2390
-0.56
44.0
23.0
14 GM Baklan, Vladimir 5.5 UKR 2613 2502
-1.09
43.0
23.75
15 FM Naroditsky, Daniel 5.5 USA 2425 2474
+0.71
40.5
22.5
16 IM Van Oosterom, Chiel 5.5 NED 2426 2398
-0.13
37.0
21.75
17 Baghdasaryan, Vahe 5.0 ARM 2303 2474
+1.90
48.5
26.25
18 GM Werle, Jan 5.0 NED 2578 2466
-1.17
48.5
23.75
19 GM Romanishin, Oleg M 5.0 UKR 2534 2437
-0.68
46.5
25.0
20 GM Nijboer, Friso 5.0 NED 2583 2423
-1.75
43.0
23.25
21 Shiven, Khosla 5.0 IND 2354 2467
+1.34
43.0
22.5
22 Herman, Matthew J 5.0 USA 2149 2429
+2.97
42.5
22.0
23 FM Poetsch, Hagen 5.0 GER 2408 2377
-0.21
42.0
21.0
24 IM Ashwin, Jayaram 5.0 IND 2420 2367
-0.54
41.0
20.75
25 WGM Stjazhkina, Olga 5.0 RUS 2240 2310
+0.74
35.5
16.0


The winner on tiebreak points: Dejan Bojkov


In the leading group with 6.5/9: GM Mark Bluvshtein


Second GM norm for IM Daan Brandenburg (with Nyzhnyk in the background)


Robin van Kampen scored 6.5/9 and made a second GM norm

Three players made GM norms in this event: Daan Brandenburg and Robin van Kampen each completed their second norm, while Ukrainian prodigy Illya Nyzhnyk, who is now the youngest grandmaster in the world.


GM title at 14 years 3 months: Illya Nyzhnyk of Ukraine

Illya was born September 27, 1996 in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. He gained international attention when he won the B Group of the 2007 Moscow Open at the age of ten, with a nearly flawless score of 8.5/9 and a 2633 performance. In April 2008 Nyzhnyk won the Nabokov Memorial in Kiev, Ukraine, with 8½/11, and scored his first GM norm. In December 2009 he won the Schaakfestival Groningen iwith a 2741 performance. Now with a third GM norm under his belt he will receive the title from FIDE, making him the 11th youngest GM in history, and the youngest today.


Illya Nyzhnyk playing in the Boy's Under 10 at the European Youth Chess Championships in Herceg Novi, Serbia and Montenegro in September 2005. Here's a video showing the 10-year-old Illya in action.


Knee-high to a grasshopper and giving simuls: Illya Nyzhnyk


The twelve-year-old playing for “PVK Kievchess” at the Ukrainian Team Championship in 2009

Youngest grandmasters in history

No.
 Player
Nat.
years
months
days
year
 Sergey Karjakin
UKR
12
7
0
2002
 Parimarjan Negi
IND
13
3
22
2006
 Magnus Carlsen
NOR
13
3
27
2004
 Bu Xiangzhi
CHN
13
10
13
1999
 Richard Rapport
HUN
13
11
15
2010
 Teimour Radjabov
AZE
14
0
14
2001
 Ruslan Ponomaryov 
UKR
14
0
17
1997
 Wesley So
PHI
14
1
28
2007
 Etienne Bacrot
FRA
14
2
0
1997
10 
 Jorge Cori
PER
14
2
0
2009
11 
 Illya Nyzhnyk
UKR
14
3
2
2010
12 
 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
FRA
14
4
0
2005
13 
 Peter Leko
HUN
14
4
22
1994
14 
 Hou Yifan
CHN
14
6
2
2008
15 
 Anish Giri
RUS
14
7
2
2009
16 
 Yuri Kuzubov
UKR
14
7
12
2004
17 
 Dariusz Swiercz
POL
14
7
29
2009
18
 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 
VIE
14
10
0
2004
19
 Ray Robson
USA
14
11
16
2009
20
 Fabiano Caruana
ITA
14
11
20
2007
21
 Koneru Humpy
IND
15
1
27
2002
22
 Hikaru Nakamura
USA
15
2
19
2003
23
 Pentala Harikrishna
IND
15
3
5
2001
24
 Judit Polgar
HUN
15
4
28
1991
25
 Alejandro Ramirez
CRI
15
5
14
2003
26
 Bobby Fischer
USA
15
6
1
1958

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