Top 20 Youngest Chess Grandmasters in the World!

Below are the top 20 youngest chess grandmasters in history

At 12 years, 10 months, and 13 days, Praggnanandhaa has become the 2nd youngest ever chess grandmaster behind Karjakin. He is also the 2nd player to achieve this prestigious title in chess before turning 13.

​World's Youngest Grandmasters

Player - Name - Country - Age when obtained GM title - Birth year

  1. Sergey Karjakin Ukraine 12 years, 7 months, 0 days 1990
  2. Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu India 12 years, 10 month, 13 days 2005
  3. Nodirbek Abdusattorov Uzbekistan 13 years, 1 month, 11 days 2004
  4. Parimarjan Negi India 13 years, 4 months, 22 days 1993
  5. Magnus Carlsen Norway 13 years, 4 months, 27 days 1990
  6. Wei Yi China 13 years, 8 months, 23 days 1999
  7. Bu Xiangzhi China 13 years, 10 months, 13 days 1985
  8. Samuel Sevian United States 13 years, 10 months, 27 days 2000
  9. Richárd Rapport Hungary 13 years, 11 months, 6 days 1996
  10. Teimour Radjabov Azerbaijan 14 years, 0 months, 14 days 1987
  11. Ruslan Ponomariov Ukraine 14 years, 0 months, 17 days 1983
  12. Awonder Liang United States 14 years, 1 month, 20 days 2003 (trains from time to time at Webster University)
  13. Wesley So Philippines 14 years, 1 month, 28 days 1993 (former student at Webster University)
  14. Étienne Bacrot France 14 years, 2 months, 0 days 1983
  15. Illya Nyzhnyk Ukraine 14 years, 3 months, 2 days 1996 (current student at Webster University)
  16. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France 14 years, 4 months, 6 days 1990
  17. Péter Lékó Hungary 14 years, 4 months, 22 days 1979
  18. Jorge Cori Peru 14 years, 5 months, 15 days 1995 (current student at Webster University)
  19. Hou Yifan China 14 years, 6 months, 16 days 1994
  20. Jeffery Xiong United States 14 years, 6 months, 25 days 2000

Praggnanandhaa is also won a full tuition and fees scholarship (over $108,000 value) to Webster University in March at 2018 Reykjavik Open

The title Grandmaster (GM) is awarded to chess players by the world chess organization FIDE. Apart from World Champion, Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain.

Once achieved, the title is held for life. The abbreviation IGM for International Grandmaster is also sometimes used, particularly in older literature.

The title of Grandmaster, along with the lesser FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and FIDE Master (FM), is open to both men and women. (Wikipedia)

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