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Prraneeth Vuppala becomes India's 82nd Grandmaster, Telangana CM announces ₹2.5 crore to become a Super GM

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/06/2023

IM Prraneeth Vuppala became India's 82nd Grandmaster on Thursday 11th May 2023. He defeated GM Hans Niemann (USA) in the penultimate round of Baku Open 2023 to cross 2500 in the live ratings and become a Grandmaster. The 15-year-old scored his first GM-norm at First Saturday GM March 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. Then he delivered a fantastic performance to secure his second GM-norm at 55th Biel Master Tournament 2022 in Biel, Switzerland. The final GM-norm was scored at 2nd Chessable Sunway Formentera Open 2023 in Spain. The third norm and 2500 live ratings happened in consecutive events within the span of 25 days. Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao announced ₹2.5 crore for training and other expenses required for Praneeth to become a super GM in chess in the future. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Prraneeth scores final GM-norm and crosses 2500 in the live ratings within a month

Prraneeth Vuppala has beaten two 2700+ GMs - Kirill Alekseenko at 55th Biel Master Tournament 2022 and Hans Niemann at Baku Open 2023. He was introduced to chess by his father who taught him the basic rules of chess. Then he joined a club where he learned for a month. When he reached 1200, he started training with N Ramaraju, with whom he trained for seven years till 2021. Then he started working with GM Victor Mikhalevski and continues to do so.

Prraneeth Vuppala becomes the 82nd Grandmster of India | Photo: Rupali Mullick
Prraneeth Vuppala becomes India's 82nd GM, Telangana govt. pledges ₹2.5 Crore | Video: ChessBase India

First GM-norm: First Saturday GM March 2022

Prraneeth earned his final IM and maiden GM-norm at First Saturday GM March 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. Despite starting with a loss, Prraneeth scored 7 points in the remaining eight games. He defeated GM David Berczes (HUN) and GM Lajos Seres (HUN), drew against GM Milan Pacher (SVK).

Prraneeth - Seres, Round 4

Position after 17...Ng4+

17...Ng4+ is Black's final attempt to salvage something against material loss. 18.fxg4 Bxd4+ 19.Nf3 Bxe3+ 20.Qxe3 Rxf3+ 21.Kxf3 Rf8+ 22.Nf5 and it's all over.

Prraneeth Vuppala at First Saturday GM March 2022 | Photo: IO Laszlo Nagy

Prraneeth against IM Rathanvel V S in the final round | Photo: IO Laszlo Nagy

Prraneeth Vuppala scored 6/9, performed at 2614 and gained 23.1 Elo rating points

Second GM-norm: Biel MTO 2022

Prraneeth scored his second GM-norm at Biel Master Tournament in July 2022 in Biel, Switzerland. He scored 6/9, scoring victories against GM Kirill Alekseenko, GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA) and drew with GM Martin Petrov (BUL) and GM Yangyi Yu (CHN).

Prraneeth - Alekseenko, Round 2

Position after 25.d6

Prraneeth Vuppala followed the old adage - passed pawns must be pushed. That's exactly what he did 25.d6 as per the requirement of the position. 25...Qe6 26.c5 Nf4 27.Bf1 Rfd8 28.c6 Rac8 29.Rxa6 b3 30.c7

Position after 30.c7

Black can no longer save the game. He resigned after eight more moves when the checkmate became inevitable.

Prraneeth Vuppala at 55th Biel Master Tournament 2022 | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

India's 82nd GM Prraneeth Vuppala (left) and 76th GM Pranav Anand with their GM-norm certificates | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Prraneeth scored 6/9, performed at 2637 and gained 21.8 Elo rating points

Third GM-norm: 2nd Chessable Sunway Formentera Open 2023

Eight months after scoring his second GM-norm, Prraneeth earned his final GM-norm at 2nd Chessable Sunway Formentera Open in Formentera, Spain. He defeated GM Li Di (CHN), GM Pranav Anand, GM Daniel Alsina Leal (ESP), drew against GM Xu Yi (CHN), GM Leon Luke Mendonca, GM Daniel Dardha (BEL), GM Vladimir Fedoseev and GM Aryan Chopra. Prraneeth's 6/9 performance earned him a fifth place finish after Playoffs. He scored his final GM-norm in nine rounds.

Prraneeth - Li, Round 2

Position after 39.Rc3

GM Li Di (CHN, 2554) had trouble getting the rook into play right out of the opening against IM Prraneeth Vuppala (2437). 39...Rh8 just ended the game for him 40.Rc8 Qb6 41.Qf6+ Kh7 42.Qxh4+ Kg7 43.Qf6+ Kh7 44.Rxe8 and Black resigned.

IM Prraneeth Vuppala at 2nd Chessable Sunway Formentera Open 2023 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Prraneeth scored 6/10, performed at 2638 and gained 27.7 Elo rating points

Live Rating 2500: Baku Open 2023

Just days after scoring his final GM-norm, Prraneeth Vuppala crossed 2500 in the live ratings at Baku Open 2023 when he beat GM Hans Niemann (USA) in the penultimate round.

Niemann - Prraneeth, Round 8

Position after 25.Bxh6!?

Hans went for his usual bold approach by sacrificing a bishop 25.Bxh6!? It does not look like it will work out for White, but it clearly seems interesting. Black has to defend correctly to ensure nothing goes wrong. 25...gxh6 even Kxh6 would have worked too but practically it looks slightly audacious. 26.Qxf6 Bxe5 27.Rxe5 Rg8 28.Rf3?? is a blunder as the c-pawn starts rolling c3 29.Qxf7+ Rg7 30.Qxe6 c2 31.Re1 c1Q 32.Rxc1 Qxc1+ White has almost no compensation for the lost rook. The four pawns are not enough to salvage a draw.

Prraneeth Vuppala at Baku Open 2023 | Photo: FA Lana Afandiyeva

Prraneeth Vuppala scored 6/9, performed at 2676, crossed 2500 in the live ratings to become India's latest Grandmaster

N Ramaraju has trained a lot of strong GMs from Telangana - Harika Dronavalli, Harsha Bharathakoti, Arjun Erigaisi and now Prraneeth Vuppala

GM Prraneeth Vuppala is currently training with GM Victor Mikhalevski who also worked with GM Arjun Erigaisi

Vishy Anand congratulated Prraneeth Vuppala on becoming India's latest GM

India's latest GM Prraneeth Vuppala and his family met with Telangana Chief Minister - K Chandrashekar Rao

Replay Prraneeth's games

Prraneeth Vuppala with the greatest female chess player of all time - GM Judit Polgar

Prraneeth Vuppala with the one and only Vishy Anand

Very young Prraneeth Vuppala with his family

Prraneeth Vuppala with the legendary Boris Gelfand

Young Prraneeth with FIDE World Cup 2011

Prraneeth Vuppala with GM Leinier Dominguez-Perez

Prraneeth Vuppala with four-time Ukraine champion - GM Anton Korobov

Prraneeth Vuppala at Chess @ Dreamhack Rapid and Blitz Open 2022

Prraneeth Vuppala's Best Achievements

• Bronze - Asian Youth Under-8 Open 2015

• Champion - AICF National Under-14 Open 2021

• Champion - Telangana State Under-11 Open 2017

• Champion - Telangana State Under-11 Open 2018

• Champion - Telangana State Under-15 Open 2022


Srihari L vs IM Prraneeth Vuppala - National Rapid 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
Vignesh B vs IM Prraneeth Vuppala - National Blitz 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
IM Prraneeth Vuppala vs GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) | Video: ChessBase India


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@ 17/03/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)

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