Second GM norm for Abhimanyu

by Sagar Shah
5/11/2021 – 12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra scored his 2nd GM norm at the First Saturday GM Round Robin May 2021 with a round to spare. This is the second consecutive event in which Abhimanyu has scored a GM norm, with a dominating 2700+ performance. He is now just 29 Elo points and one GM norm away from becoming the world's youngest grandmaster. Abhi has annotated his eighth round game for us, and will play against ChessBase Premium Members tomorrow.

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Karjakin's record for the youngest GM stands since 2002 at the age of 12 years and 7 months. Abhimanyu has time until 5th of September! Will he manage to break it?

The 12-year-old is on fire at the First Saturday GM norm May event in Budapest, Hungary. He won his 8th round encounter, and with 7.0/8, he scored his 2nd GM norm with a round to spare (here's the current cross table). Not only that, the lad also performed at an Elo of 2703, gaining 24 rating points. Abhimanyu's live rating is now 2471. The boy has time until 5th of September (just under four months) to break Sergey Karjakin's youngest GM record. He needs one last GM norm and 29 Elo points.

Abhimanyu with his father Hemant in Budapest yesterday

Abhimanyu's eighth round victory analyzed by the boy

Immediately after finishing the game, Abhimanyu came back to his room, freshened up and annotated this game for the readers of ChessBase. Enjoy the youngster's analysis:


Abhimanyu will next play at the GM Round Robin Invitational in Hungary from the 13th of May 2021. But before that he will appear on ChessBase India's livestream to play against the Premium Members of ChessBase Account.

But even without a Premium Account you can watch the broadcast – and gain an impression of this remarkable young chess talent. 

He has a good chess teacher...

Breaking: here the final ranking after nine rounds. Abhi won his last game, beating top seed GM Vojtech Plat (who finished third). The boy ended the tournament with a total of 8.0/9 – just two draws, three full points ahead of everyone else. His rating performance was 2739, and with that he has gained 30.5 Elo points.

Hang on to your hat, Magnus! 

Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder and CEO of ChessBase India, the biggest chess news portal in the country. His YouTube channel has over a million subscribers, and to date close to a billion views. ChessBase India is the sole distributor of ChessBase products in India and seven adjoining countries, where the software is available at a 60% discount. compared to International prices.


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