The King’s Gambit: 12-Year-Old From New Jersey Becomes Youngest Ever Chess Grandmaster

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
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