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India Finds 73rd Chess Grandmaster In 14-Yr-Old Chennai Boy

Chennai: India added her 73rd chess Grandmaster on Sunday, when 14-year-old Chennai boy Bharath Subramaniyam completed his third and final GM norm at Vergani Cup Open in Italy.

Bharath scored 6.5 points from nine rounds along with four others to finish seventh overall in the event. He secured his third GM norm and also touched the requisite 2,500 (Elo) mark. Notably, to become a GM, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points.

He achieved his first GM norm after finishing 11th at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow in February 2020. He secured the second norm in October 2021 after coming fourth in the Junior Roundtable Under 21 tournament in Bulgaria with 6.5 points.

Bharath had become an International Master at the age of 11 years and 8 months in 2019.