Gukesh overtakes Vishy Anand as India’s highest ranked chess player


Seventeen year old Grandmaster D Gukesh has overtaken his idol India’s Viswanathan Anand’s FIDE rating after a win in the second round of the World Cup. Gukesh defeated Iskandarov of Azerbaijan in 44 moves.

Gukesh hails from Chennai, the same city as Anand and learned chess at the age of 7. He was introduced to the game by his school which is part of the Velammal group. His coach Baskar spotted his talent and helped him to become a FIDE rated player just 6 months after learning the game.
He was later coached by Vijayanand and he began winning international events. Gukesh became an international master at just 11 years, 9 months and nine days. He later became a grandmaster at the age of 12 years, 7 months and 17 days and narrowly missed the record of GM Sergey Karjakin by just 17 days.
Gukesh has a live rating of 2700 and is considered to be one of India’s brightest chess talents.


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