Vaibhav Suri, grandmaster at fifteen

5/2/2012 – The student of Modern School in New Delhi won the 3rd Luc Open at salle Debeyre in Lille, France, on Sunday, defeating four GMs and drawing four. That brought Vaibhav Suri his third and final norm, making him India's 27th grandmaster, and at 15 years, 2 months and 21 days the 27th youngest in history. Vaibhav is being trained by Ukrainian GM Alexander Goloschapov. Portrait and statistics.

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Vaibhav Suri, grandmaster at fifteen

The Asian Age and Deccan Chronical report that Vaibhav Suri, a 10th standard student of Modern School in New Delhi, joined the grandmaster club in the country by winning the 3rd Luc Open at salle Debeyre in Lille, France, on Sunday. His final norm came when he defeated defeated higher-rated GMs Maxim Turov, Oleg Korneev, Sebastien Maze and Marius Manolache and scored 7.5 points out of the total nine. The most important win was against Turov (2658) with the black pieces. His first two norms had come from international open tournaments held at Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Suri is now India’s 27th GM and fourth from Delhi after Sriram Jha, Abhijeet Gupta and Parimarjan Negi. “He is currently the youngest GM in India,” said Fide vice president D.V. Sundar. “It is wonderful news for our country. His progress has been rapid and consistent.


Modern School, the "Eton of India," is a co-educational private school in New Delhi.
It has a long list of distinguished pupils, including former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Having started playing the game as family pastime, Vaibhav inspired by his elder sister Nupur took it up seriously at the age of nine. “The kids used to play at home and the chess sessions were important part of our family get togethers,” said his father Nitin Suri, who is a general manager in a garment export company. Now at a crossroads in life, Vaibhav’s father said, he would leave the decision making to his son, who is an ardent admirer of Viswanathan Anand. “We have told him the positives and negatives in pursuing chess. Having entered class 10, he might be required to spend more time on studies. But then if he wants to concentrate mainly on chess, then it will be his call and we will not push him,” he added.

While G. B. Joshi and Prasenjit Dutta were Vaibhav’s coaches at the early stages, he is currently learning from Ukrainian GM Alexander Goloschapov.

Ratings information: FIDE


Youngest grandmasters in history

No.
 Player
Nat.
years
mths
days
born
GM
FIDE
 Sergey Karjakin
UKR
12
7
0
1990
2002
 Parimarjan Negi
IND
13
4
22
1993
2006
 Magnus Carlsen
NOR
13
4
27
1990
2004
 Bu Xiangzhi
CHN
13
10
13
1985
1999
 Richard Rapport
HUN
13
11
15
1996
2010
 Teimour Radjabov
AZE
14
0
14
1987
2001
 Ruslan Ponomariov 
UKR
14
0
17
1983
1997
 Wesley So
PHI
14
1
28
1993
2007
 Etienne Bacrot
FRA
14
2
0
1983
1997
10 
 Jorge Cori
PER
14
2
0
1995
2009
11 
 Illya Nyzhnyk
UKR
14
3
2
1996
2010
12 
 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
FRA
14
4
0
1990
2005
13 
 Peter Leko
HUN
14
4
22
1979
1994
14 
 Hou Yifan
CHN
14
6
2
1994
2008
15 
 Anish Giri
RUS
14
7
2
1994
2009
16 
 Yuri Kuzubov
UKR
14
7
12
1990
2004
17 
 Dariusz Swiercz
POL
14
7
29
1994
2009
18
 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 
VIE
14
10
0
1990
2004
19
 Daniil Dubov
RUS
14
11
14
1996
2011
20
 Ray Robson
USA
14
11
16
1994
2009
21
 Fabiano Caruana
ITA
14
11
20
1992
2007
22
 Samvel Ter-Sahakyan
ARM
14
11
?
1993
2008
23
 Andrei Volokitin
UKR
15
0
22
1986
2001
24
 Yangyi Yu
CHN
15
0
23
1994
2009
25
 Koneru Humpy
IND
15
1
27
1987
2002
26
 Hikaru Nakamura
USA
15
2
19
1987
2003
27
 Suri Vaibhav
IND
15
2
21
1997
2012
28
 Pentala Harikrishna
IND
15
3
5
1986
2001
29
 Le Quang Liem
VIE
15
3
17
1991
2006
30
 Yaroslav Zherebukh
UKR
15
3
?
1993
2008
31
 Judit Polgar
HUN
15
4
28
1976
1991
32
 Alejandro Ramirez
CRI
15
5
14
1988
2003
33
 Arkadij Naiditsch
GER
15
5
?
1985
2001
34
 Bobby Fischer
USA
15
6
1
1943
1958
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