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Top 10 Youngest Chess Grandmasters in History | Age is Just a Number

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In the captivating realm of chess, Grandmasters (GM) ascend to the highest echelons, adroitly maneuvering their minds across the checkered expanse of 64 squares. Their domain is one of unrivaled skill, tactical brilliance, and a profound comprehension of this ancient art form. Enthralling enthusiasts worldwide, these virtuosos astound with their genius moves and strategic prowess. Notably, the youngest Grandmasters (GM) in chess history shine as exceptional prodigies. As chess history unfolds, a remarkable lineage of youthful talents emerges, each claiming the coveted title of youngest grandmasters. Their astonishing achievements serve as testaments to their remarkable abilities. In this blog, we will look at the list of Youngest Chess Grandmasters (GM) in history.

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Top 10 Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History

S.No Youngest Chess Player
1 Abhimanyu Mishra
2 Sergey Karjakin
3 Gukesh Dommaraju
4 Javokhir Sindarov
5 Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu
6 Nodirbek Abdusattorov
7 Parimarjan Negi
8 Magnus Carlsen
9 Wei Yi
10 Raunak Sadhwani

Abhimanyu Mishra (12 years, 4 months, 25 days)

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Abhimanyu Mishra, a prodigious American chess genius from New Jersey, has rewritten the record books by becoming the world’s youngest Chess Grandmaster at a tender age of 12 years, 4 months, and 25 days. On June 30, 2021, he achieved this remarkable feat, surpassing Sergey Karjakin’s longstanding record held since 2002. Mishra achieved his third norm at the Vezerkepzo GM mix Swiss tournament in Budapest, where he clinched victory against GM Zoltan Varga. With his extraordinary accomplishment, Mishra has etched his name in chess history, inspiring young talents to strive for greatness in the captivating realm of the game.

Sergey Karjakin (12 years, 7 months, 0 days)

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Hailing from Russia (previously representing Ukraine), Sergey Karjakin held the record as the world’s youngest ever grandmaster until it was surpassed by Abhimanyu Mishra. Achieving this prestigious title at the age of 12 years and 7 months, Karjakin showcased his exceptional talent. Notably, he emerged victorious at the European U10 Chess Championship in 1999 and was crowned the World U12 Chess Champion in 2001. With the International Master title attained at the age of 11 and the grandmaster title awarded in 2003, Karjakin’s achievements solidify his standing in the chess world. Additionally, he contributed to Russia’s success by winning team gold at the World Team Chess Championships in 2013 and 2019.


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Gukesh Dommaraju (12 years, 7 months, 17 days)

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Demonstrating his remarkable chess talent, he achieved the esteemed title of Grandmaster at a young age, making him the third-youngest person ever to accomplish this feat. In March 2019, FIDE recognized his exceptional skills with the prestigious title. A significant milestone in his career occurred on October 16, 2022, when, at the age of 16, he became the youngest player in history to defeat the reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen. This historic victory took place during a game at the Aimchess Rapid Tournament, showcasing his exceptional prowess on the chessboard.

Javokhir Sindarov (12 years, 10 months, 5 days)

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Javokhir Sindarov, a talented chess prodigy from Uzbekistan, made waves in the chess world with his exceptional achievements. In October 2018, at the age of 12 years, 10 months, and 5 days, he earned the prestigious title of grandmaster. Prior to this, Sindarov was granted the International Master title in October 2017. His journey towards becoming a grandmaster began with his first GM norm at the Alekhine Memorial in June 2018. Sindarov’s extraordinary talent led him to clinch his third GM norm at the First Saturday tournament in October 2018, making him the second-youngest grandmaster at that time.


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Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu (12 years, 10 months, 13 days) 

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Born on August 10, 2005, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is an exceptionally talented chess grandmaster from India. He has garnered widespread recognition as a prodigy, accomplishing extraordinary feats at a tender age. At just 10 years old, Praggnanandhaa secured the international master title, setting a record as the youngest player at that time to achieve this milestone. Additionally, at the age of 12, he obtained the highly coveted title of Grandmaster, becoming the second-youngest player at that time to do so. Notably, on February 22, 2022, at the age of 16, Praggnanandhaa made history by defeating Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world champion, in a rapid game during the Airthings Masters Rapid Chess Tournament. His remarkable talent and impressive accomplishments have firmly established him as a rising star within the realm of chess.

Nodirbek Abdusattorov (13 years, 1 month, 11 days)

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Born on September 18, 2004, Nodirbek Abdusattorov is an Uzbek chess grandmaster renowned for his exceptional talent. Demonstrating his extraordinary abilities, he earned the grandmaster title at a remarkably young age of 13 years, 1 month, and 11 days, a remarkable accomplishment recognized by FIDE in April 2018.

Abdusattorov’s journey of triumph continued as he clinched the title of World Rapid Chess Champion in 2021, becoming the youngest-ever champion at just 17 years and 3 months. Notably, he also holds the distinction of being the youngest open world chess champion in any time format, surpassing Magnus Carlsen’s record as the youngest World Blitz Champion achieved at the age of 18 in the World Blitz Chess Championship of 2009.


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Parimarjan Negi (13 years, 4 months, 22 days)

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Parimarjan Negi, born on February 9, 1993, is an accomplished grandmaster hailing from India. He accomplished a significant milestone by earning the prestigious title of grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 4 months, and 22 days, positioning him as the second youngest grandmaster in history at that time. As of July 2021, he holds the distinction of being the seventh youngest player to achieve this remarkable feat.

Negi has represented India with pride, excelling as both an Indian and Asian champion in the realm of chess. Notably, his exceptional skills were instrumental in the Indian team’s triumph, securing the bronze medal in the 2014 Chess Olympiad held in Tromsø, Norway, where he played as the top board player. In recognition of his remarkable talent, Negi received the esteemed Arjuna Award from the Government of India in 2010.

Magnus Carlsen (13 years, 4 months, 27 days)

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Magnus Carlsen, a highly accomplished chess grandmaster from Norway, boasts an exceptional record as a former five-time World Chess Champion (2013–2023). He also holds the prestigious titles of four-time World Rapid Chess Champion and six-time World Blitz Chess Champion. Carlsen’s remarkable dominance in the chess realm is evident through his continuous reign as the top-ranked player in the FIDE world chess rankings since July 1, 2011.

Demonstrating his prodigious talent, Carlsen showcased his exceptional skills by securing the top spot in the C group of the Corus chess tournament shortly after celebrating his 13th birthday. Just a few months later, he further cemented his prowess by attaining the esteemed title of grandmaster.


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Wei Yi (13 years, 8 months, 23 days)

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Wei Yi, an esteemed Chinese chess grandmaster, was born on June 2, 1999. Remarkably, he earned the prestigious grandmaster title when he was just 13 years, 8 months, and 23 days old, making him the 9th youngest grandmaster in history. Wei Yi’s extraordinary talent became evident when he became the youngest player ever to achieve a rating of 2700 at the age of 15. Representing the Jiangsu club in the China Chess League, he has proudly claimed the title of Chinese Chess Champion on three occasions.

Raunak Sadhwani (13 years, 9 months, 28 days)

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Raunak Sadhwani, born on December 22, 2005, is a talented chess player from India who holds the esteemed title of Grandmaster. Displaying exceptional skill from a young age, he became a Grandmaster at the remarkable age of 13. In the realm of chess, he ranks as the 10th youngest player in history and the 5th youngest Indian to achieve this prestigious title. Furthermore, in 2015, Raunak emerged victorious as the U-10 Commonwealth Champion in New Delhi, India.


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As quoted by M K Gandhi “learn as if you were to live forever”. This is the philosophy that she tries to live by. Learning new things is a passion that leads you to a school of upskills. Given her interest in writing, she pursued her dreams by taking a bachelor's degree in Journalism & Mass Communications from GGSIPU and received several accolades in academics. She is working as Senior Editor at KreedOn and loves challenges and completing multiple tasks within a stipulated timeline. She loves watching football and the credit goes to Lionel Messi. In her leisure time, she loves to paint her imagination.

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