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Meet India's youngest Grandmaster

Twelve-year-old Parimarjan Negi bagged the title after beating Sergei Erenburg of Israel.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 16:12 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Parimarjan Negi became the youngest International Master of the country with a fantastic victory over Grandmaster Sergei Erenburg of Israel in the fourth round of the Masters section of Hastings International Chess Congress here.

Twelve-year-old Negi, who had been on the brink of getting the IM title for quite some time, finally made the grade as he now stands to gain a staggering 30 ELO rating points from the first four rounds of this traditional event.

A file photo of Parimarjan Negi. The 12-year-old Delhi boy has become India's youngest Grandmaster.

Negi also remained in joint lead amidst a star-studded field and now has 3.5 points out of a possible four. Earlier, in the second round of the tournament, Negi had beaten English Grandmaster Mark Hebden while in the third, he had drawn with higher rated International Master Jean Pierre Le Roux of France.

Negi, currently ranked 2396 on the ELO rating list issued on New Year, needed around 24 points to become the next international Master of the country and has cleared that barrier after his fourth round victory.

The Delhi-based boy shares the lead with Grandmasters Vladimir Belov of Russia, Milos Pavlovic of Serbia, Valeiry Nevenor of Ukraine, Bogdan Lalic of Croatiaand International Master Simon Williams of England.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 12:42 IST