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Data: Indian chess grandmasters becoming younger

First Indian GM Viswanathan Anand with one of the youngest Indian GMs D. Gukesh  

Chess whiz Raunak Sadhwani is set to become India’s 65th chess grandmaster (GM).

The 13-year-old joins an elite club of the world’s youngest GMs — only 10 players aged 13 or below have managed to clinch this title in the recorded history of the game since 1950.

Younger Indians
The median age at which Indian players became GM has been, in general, lower than the figure for players from the rest of the world.

image/svg+xml 50 40 30 20 10 0 1950 1956 1962 1968 1975 1981 1987 1993 1999 2005 2011 2017 Median age (indian GMs) Median age (other gms)
 

Russian supremacy
Russia (including Soviet Union) has the most GMs, followed by the U.S. and Germany. India is in sixth place.

image/svg+xml Germany 102 Ukraine Hungary India France Spain Serbia China 57 54 65 65 95 47 57 Others U.S. Russia 284 110 953
 

A sport for the young
A higher number of younger players have become GMs in the recent years. The chart shows every Indian GM along with those from the rest of the world.

image/svg+xml Year 195019551960196519701975198019851990199520002005201020152020 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 Age of GM Bobby Fischer Garry Kasparov Vishwanathan Anand Peter Leko Sergei Karjakin Dommaraju Gukesh Raunak Sadhwani Enrico Paoli Jaques Mieses Indian GMs Other nationalities
 

In the 1980s and early 1990s, a larger no. of older players became GMs. Bobby Fischer (GM at 15 in 1958) was the youngest grandmaster till Peter Leko broke the record in 1994.

In recent times, the record is being broken in a shorter time span. Vishwanathan Anand became India’s first GM at 19 in 1998.

 

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