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17 year old Chess Prodigy Dommaraju Gukesh makes history as the youngest ever winner of the FIDE Candidates Tournament




29 Apr '24
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India’s 17-year-old chess prodigy, Dommaraju Gukesh scripted history on Monday (April 22nd, 2024) to become the youngest player to win the FIDE Candidates tournament. Gukesh’s victory secured him the coveted opportunity to challenge the reigning champion, Ding Liren of China, for the World Chess Championship.

In the finals, the 17-year-old Gukesh drew his last game against American Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, clinching the top spot at the Candidates 2024 with an impressive 9/14 points.

Gukesh's win marks a significant milestone, making him only the second player after the legendary Viswanathan Anand to clinch victory at the FIDE Candidates.  In doing so, Gukesh also surpassed the legendary Garry Kasparov, who held the record previously since 1984.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his heartfelt congratulations to the chess prodigy through a post on X, stating, “India is exceptionally proud of Gukesh D on becoming the youngest-ever player to win the FIDE Candidates. Gukesh’s remarkable achievement at the Candidates in Toronto showcases his extraordinary talent and dedication. His outstanding performance and journey to the top inspires millions.

Source: X/NarendraModi

Hailing from Chennai, Gukesh aims to be the world’s top ranked chess player.

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Written by Prasad