Bharath Subramaniyam becomes India’s 73rd chess grandmaster

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Bharath Subramaniyam, 14, from Chennai, became India’s 73rd chess grandmaster on Sunday, after completing his third and final GM norm at Open Vergani Cup in Italy.

Subramaniyam scored 6.5 runs in nine innings with four more to finish seventh overall in the event. He got his third GM standard here and also hit the required mark of 2,500 (Elo).

Notably, to become a GM, a player must achieve three GM standards and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points.

The Indian Chess Federation (AICF) also congratulated the teenager from Chennai for his achievement.

“14-year-old Bharath Subramaniyam becomes the country’s 73rd Grandmaster after completing his last GM norm and breaking the 2500 mark at the Vergani Cup Open in Italy. The Chess Federation of India congratulates Bharath on this achievement,” wrote the AICF on its website.

Meanwhile, another Indian grandmaster, MR Lalith Babu, also competed in the Vergani Cup Open and won the title on Sunday in Italy.

Lalith placed 9th in the tournament, scored the seventh point out of a possible 9 and is tied for pole position with second seeded GM Niemann Hans Moke of the United States, Vitaliy Bernadskiy of Ukraine and Nurgyul Salimova of Bulgaria .

But a better tiebreaker score helped Lalith finish as the champion while Moke finished as the first runner-up. Top-seeded Anton Korobov of Ukraine finished fifth.


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