V. Prraneeth, a 15-year-old chess player from Telangana, achieved the title of Grandmaster, becoming the sixth from the state and the 82nd in India. He secured this milestone by defeating GM Hans Niemann from the US during the penultimate round of the Baku Open 2023. This victory also helped him surpass an Elo rating of 2500, specifically 2500.5. Prraneeth obtained his first GM-norm and the title of International Master (IM) at the First Saturday tournament in March 2022. He earned his second GM-norm at Biel MTO in July 2022, followed by his final GM-norm at the second Chessable Sunway Formentera Open 2023 after nine months.
India has produced a total of 81 grandmasters, making it the third-most in the world after Russia and China. The first Indian grandmaster was Viswanathan Anand, who won the title in 1988. Anand is a five-time world champion and is considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. The success of Indian grandmasters has helped to popularize the game of chess in India. There are now millions of chess players in India, and the game is played at all levels of society. The Indian government has also taken steps to promote chess, and there are now many chess academies and training centers in the country. The future of chess in India looks bright. With a large pool of talented players and a growing interest in the game, India is well-positioned to produce even more grandmasters in the years to come.
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