India got its 64th Chess Grandmaster on Thursday, July 18th 2019, as Prithu Gupta crossed the 2500-mark. The youngster beat IM Lev Yankelevich in the fifth round of the Portuguese League 2019 to cross the Elo threshold.
Prithu Gupta was born on March 8, 2004, and has achieved the incredible feat at the age of 15. He started playing the sport when he was nine-years-old and got his first GM norm at the Gibraltar Masters in 2018, the second one at the Biel Masters the same year and the final one at the Porticcio Open in 2019. Gupta has joined an elite list, 31 years after Viswanathan Anand became India’s first Grandmaster.
Congratulations Prithu Gupta!