On Sunday, the 14th -year old Bharath Subramaniyam became India’s 73rd Chess Grandmaster, fixing the third and final GM norm at an event in Italy.
In the tournament at Cattolica, the Chennai 14th -year old player scored 6.5 points from nine rounds.
He secured his third GM norm here and also touched the necessary 2,500 (Elo) mark.
Companion Indian player M R Lalith Babu appeared the winner in the tournament with seven points, winning the title on the basis of a better tie-break score after he tied with three others including top-seed Anton Korobov (Ukraine).
The 14th-year child finished with six wins and one draw while losing two games – against Korobov and Lalith Babu.
In February 2020 in Moscow, Bharath accomplished his first GM norm after finishing 11th place at the Aeroflot Open. In October 2021 in Bulgaria, he finished second norms after placing 4th in the Junior Roundtable Under 21 tournament with 6.5 points.
But to become a GM, a player must get three GM norms and cross the rating of 2,500 Elo points.
His coach M Shyam Sundar, who himself is a GM, congratulated him and tweeted: “Congratulations Bharath for becoming the latest GM of India!! Let’s focus on new goals in this new year!!”
In 2019, the 14th-year-old child became an International Master at the age of 11 years and 8 months.
In November last, Mitrabha Guha had become the country’s 72nd GM, and two days after Sankalp Gupta became the 71st GM.