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Parimarjan Negi, India's youngest ever grandmaster

7/5/2006 – This lad has broken a number of records. Making his final GM norm at the age of 13 years 3 months and 22 days he became India's youngest Grandmaster. Before him it was Pentala Harikrishna, who did it at 15, breaking Anand's 14-year record of 18 years. But Negi has also broken Magnus Carlsen's record by five days to become the second-youngest GM is chess history.
 

Parimarjan Negi becomes India's Youngest Grandmaster

By Vijay Kumar

Parimarjan Negi has become India's youngest Grandmaster, when he achieved the third and the Final GM norm at Chelyabinsk Region Superfinal Championship at Satka in Russia. At the age of 13 years and 142 days, Parimarjan Negi broke the previous Indian record of Pentala Harikrishna, who did it at the age of 15 years and 99 days, in August 2001. Harikrishna broke Viswanathan Anand's 14 years record of becoming India's youngest Grand Master at the age of 18.

Parmarjan is now the second youngest Grandmaster of all time, replacing Magnus Carlsen of Norway by a five-day margin. Sergey Karjakin, who achieved this feat at the age of 12 years and 7 months, however, holds the World's Youngest GM title. It is remarkable that Parimarjan Negi, who attained his International Masters title only in December last year, has been able to "upgrade" to GM within the short span of six months.

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
 Teimour Radjabov
AZE
14
0
14
2001
 Ruslan Ponomaryov 
UKR
14
0
17
1997
 Etienne Bacrot
FRA
14
2
0
1997
 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
FRA
14
4
0
2005
 Peter Leko
HUN
14
4
22
1994
10 
 Yuri Kuzubov
UKR
14
7
12
2004
11 
 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 
VIE
14
10
0
2004
12 
 Hikaru Nakamura
USA
15
2
19
2003
13 
 Pentala Harikrishna
IND
15
3
5
2001
14 
 Koneru Humpy
IND
15
1
27
2002
15 
 Judit Polgar
HUN
15
4
28
1991
16 
 Alejandro Ramirez
CRI
15
5
14
2003
17 
 Bobby Fischer
USA
15
6
1
1958

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