Abhimanyu Mishra, a 12-year-old from New Jersey, has become the world’s youngest chess grandmaster.
Mishra, who is exactly 12 years, 4 months, and 25 days old, broke Sergey Karjakin’s 19-year-old record in Budapest on Wednesday — achieving the required three norms to earn the title.
Karjakin — a world championship challenger to Magnus Carlsen in 2016 — earned his grandmaster title at 12 years, 7 months, just falling short of Mishra’s new record.
For those unfamiliar with the game — or for those who did not binge The Queen’s Gambit last year — in order to become a grandmaster, a chess player must achieve three grandmaster norms, which are awarded for high-level performance during a tournament.
Players must also achieve