14-yr-old Bharath Subramaniyam becomes India’s 73rd Chess Grandmaster

Fourteen-year-old Bharath Subramaniyam on Sunday became India’s 73rd chess grandmaster, securing the third and final GM norm at an event in Italy.

The Chennai-based player scored 6.5 points from nine rounds along with four others to finish seventh overall in the event held at Cattolica.

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He obtained his third GM norm and also touched the requisite 2,500 (Elo) mark. M R Lalith Babu, another Indian player, won the tournament with seven points, winning on the basis of a better tie-break score after tying with three others, including top-seed Anton Korobov.

Bharath achieved his first GM norm after securing 11th place at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow in February 2020. He secured the second norm after placing 4th in the Junior Roundtable Under 21 tournament in Bulgaria with 6.5 points in October 2021.

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Subramaniyam became an International Master at the age of 11 years and 8 months in 2019. To become a GM, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points.