Aditya Samant, 17, earned India’s 83rd Chess Grandmaster on Wednesday after obtaining his third and last Grandmaster norm at the BielChess MTO 2023 event.
Samant, an International Master, was promoted to Grandmaster as he began his ninth-round match with compatriot Aryan Chopra. He had drawn from his eighth-round encounter against Bu Xiangzhi and was required to go into the ninth round regardless of the outcome to earn his final GM standard.
Samant from Maharashtra had previously surpassed the 2500 Elo level in the live ratings and had acquired two GM norms, thus the final and third norm was all that was required to become India’s newest Grandmaster.
A player must get three GM norms and have a live rating of 2,500 Elo points in order to become a GM. His live rating entering the ninth round is 2525.4.
In August of the previous year, he got his initial GM norm in the Abu Dhabi Masters. He earned his second GM norm in December 2022 in the 3rd El Llobregat Open.
Three Indian IMs have won the Biel Chess Festival and earned their final GM norm.
BREAKING News: Aditya Samant becomes India's 83rd Grandmaster
IM Aditya S Samant became India's 83rd Grandmaster when he started his 9th round game against Aryan Chopra at the #BielChess MTO 2023. Drawing his 8th round game against Bu Xiangzhi, all Aditya needed to achieve his… pic.twitter.com/EG986RAmWD
— ChessBase India (@ChessbaseIndia) July 26, 2023
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