Former under-10 world champion Sahaj Grover completed the formalities to become a Grandmaster, defeating Jorge Cori of Peru in the ninth round of the world junior chess championship here.
Hunting for the third and final GM-norm for a year now, Sahaj crushed Cori. The Delhi-based made his second norm during the last world junior championship in Chennai and repeating the feat put him among the best junior players of the world.
Sahaj’s splendid result was a huge boon to the Indian contingent here and International Master Debashish Das made it a rare Indian double of GM norms by holding Grandmaster Niclas Huschenbath of Germany to an easy draw.
For Debashish, it was his maiden GM-norm and will have to make two more norms to become a Grandmaster.
Keywords: world junior chess championship