Sindarov: second youngest GM ever

by Macauley Peterson
10/18/2018 – The last half year went well for the young Uzbek Javokhir Sindarov: In June he got his first GM norm in Voronezh, Russia. In September, at the World Junior Championships in Turkey, he scored a second and elevated his Elo rating to 2500. Now, less than a month later, Sindarov has reportedly earned his third and final GM norm, making him the second youngest GM ever, at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 8 days. | Photo: Sagar Shah

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Matching Praggnanandhaa's achievement

ChessBase readers will probably be familiar with the name Praggnanandhaa, who became the second youngest Grandmaster in history in June of this year. The reason we followed him so closely is that for a long time it looked like he had a real shot at breaking Sergey Karjakin's record atop our list of the youngest GMs ever. He was the youngest International Master in history, at ten years and nine months. He hit 2500 Elo just a few days after his twelfth birthday, with seven months in which to attain three GM norms. Ultimately he didn't break the record, of course.

By contrast, Javokhir Sindarov (born December 8, 2005) qualified for the IM title in June, 2017 (when he was nine months older than 'Pragg' had been), and as of just a month ago, he had not yet been over 2500 — so he was never a threat to Karjakin's record.

But that all changed in a hurry! Sindarov snagged his second GM norm at the World Junior Championship where Sagar Shah profiled him extensively. He hit 2500 exactly on the October FIDE ratings list. Then at the recent "First Saturday" tournament in Budapest, which finished on Tuesday, he scored his third GM norm (and tied for first place with 7/9). 

Sindarov in Budapest

Dr. Kamil Sindarov, FM Manush Shah, IM Javokhir Sindarov, IO Laszlo Nagy | Photo: Laszlo Nagy

After 8 of 9 rounds, Sindarov was at the top of the standings with 6 of 8, but that was not the most important factor, since he needed a win in the last round to qualify for a GM-norm. He succeeded with a sweeping attack:

 

Sindarov's title is expected to be confirmed at the next FIDE Presidential Board meeting, however the FIDE website has already published a news item, written by IO Nagy, who tells ChessBase "I am sure [about] the other 2 GM-norms [as well]."


Budapest "First Saturday" October - Final standings

Rg. Titel Name Land ELO 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pkt.
1 IM Javokhir Sindarov
 
2500   0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7.0 / 9
2 IM Emil Mirzoev
 
2439 1   0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 7.0 / 9
3   Ismayil Bahram Shahaliyev
 
2376 ½ 1   ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 6.0 / 9
4 GM Vojtech Plat
 
2539 0 ½ ½   1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5.5 / 9
5 FM Shah Manush
 
2302 ½ 0 ½ 0   1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5 / 9
6 IM Shinya Kojima
 
2408 0 ½ ½ 0 0   ½ ½ 1 1 4.0 / 9
7   Van Thanh Nguyen
 
2350 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ 3.5 / 9
8 GM Attila Czebe
 
2426 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ 3.0 / 9
9 IM Minh Thang Tran
 
2341 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½   1 2.5 / 9
10 GM Zlatko Ilincic
 
2411 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0   2.0 / 9

All games

 

Johannes Fischer contributed reporting.

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Macauley served as the Editor in Chief of ChessBase News from July 2017 to March 2020. He is the producer of The Full English Breakfast chess podcast, and was an Associate Producer of the 2016 feature documentary, Magnus.