Vastavam web: R Praggnanandhasa has become India’s youngest, and the world’s second youngest, Grand Master at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days after reaching the final round of the ongoing Grendine Open in Italy.After beating GM Moroni Lica Jr in the eighth round, he needed to play an opponent above rating of 2482 in the next round to make his third GM norm.In 2016, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest International Master at the age of 10 years, 10 months and 19 days.Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, the country’s first GM, congratulated Praggnanandhaa on his achievement.
“Welcome to the club & congrats Praggnanandhaa!! See u soon in chennai,” he tweeted.Meanwhile, Pragga’s coach RB Ramesh described it as a fantastic achievement. “Fantastic achievement of course. Feeling proud that one of my students could achieve this. “Last year, Praggna has come close to making the GM title but now that it has been achieved, we are all very happy. He can only get better from here,” said Ramesh, whose movement is hindered by polio.
He also said there would be greater expectations from the youngster now that he has become a GM. “Pressure is something every sportsman should learn to live with, can’t complain about that,” he added.Praggnanandhaa’s sister Vaishali is also a WIM and has won the world under-14 and 12 titles previously.Meanwhile, V Kameswaran, India’s first international arbiter, said Praggnanandhaa had developed consistently and a bright future lies ahead of him.