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Gukesh becomes the youngest Indian, third youngest in the world to cross 2700, now World no.32

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/07/2022

The youngest Indian Grandmaster, D Gukesh is now the youngest Indian to cross 2700 Elo rating. At the age of 16 years and a little over 1.5 months, Gukesh became the third youngest in the world after Wei Yi and Alireza Firouzja to cross the magical rating barrier. He is the sixth Indian to achieve this incredible feat after Vishy Anand, Krishnan Sasikiran, Pentala Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi and B Adhiban. He defeated World Blitz 2013 champion, GM Liem Quang Le (VIE) to take his live rating to 2703.9 and become World #32. The calm and composed teenager has also emerged as the sole leader of the GMT with 16.5/26. GMT Round 4 starts Tuesday 19th July at 2 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. IST). A total of 14-rounds of Blitz will be played today in a double round-robin format. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy, Stats:

Gukesh keeps creating history

If the Covid-19 pandemic did not halt most of the chess tournaments around the world in 2020-21, GM D Gukesh perhaps would have crossed 2700 rating much earlier. Nevertheless, achieving this milestone at the tender age of 16 years and 1.5 months is fantastic anyway.

GM D Gukesh is hitting all the right notes and composing a symphony one after the other | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy, Stats:

Liem - Gukesh: 0-4

GM Liem Quang Le (VIE, 2722) opted for the Queen's Gambit Exchange variation against GM D Gukesh (2684). The youngster struck at the first opportunity he got.

Position after 26...Bxa3

26...Bxa3 does not end the game immediately, it certainly gives an inkling about Black's intentions. White obviously cannot take it 27.bxa3 runs into Qxa3 followed by a barrage of attack on the white king.

Position after 37...c3

Black declined multiple offers of a queen exchange. Soon he got a decisive advantage. 37...c3 is the straw that broke the camel's back. White's final line of defense, the b2-pawn was forced to be displaced. 38.bxc3 Qxb5+ and rest was just a matter of time for Black to score the victory.

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GM D Gukesh en route his monumental victory against GM Liem Quang Le to cross 2700 | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Gukesh is now World #32 in the live ratings | Photo:

How the chess universe reacted to Gukesh's incredible feat

Replay the livestream

Biel Chess Festival: GMT Round 3 Live Commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans and Angelika Valkova - Part 1 | Video: Biel Chess
Biel Chess Festival: GMT Round 3 Live Commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans and Angelika Valkova - Part 2 | Video: Biel Chess

Scoring for Classical

Win - 4 points, Draw - 1.5 point and Loss - 0

Replay GMT Round 3 games

Round 3 results

122722GMLe Quang Liem0 - 1GMGukesh D26848
232686GMKeymer Vincent½ - ½GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek26881
342684GMSalem A.R. Saleh1 - 0GMKamsky Gata26557
452664GMNaiditsch Arkadij½ - ½GMEsipenko Andrey26826

Round 4 pairings

182684GMGukesh DGMEsipenko Andrey26826
272655GMKamsky GataGMNaiditsch Arkadij26645
312688GMAbdusattorov NodirbekGMSalem A.R. Saleh26844
422722GMLe Quang LiemGMKeymer Vincent26863


Overall standings

Gukesh has emerged the sole leader 16.5/26 | Photo: Biel Chess Festival


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