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USA’s Abhimanyu “Abhi” Mishra

Born: February 5, 2009
Englishtown, New Jersey, USA

Rated 2500+

by John Bain

The Youngest Grandmaster Record

Abhi Mishra earned the Grandmaster (GM) title at age 12 years, 4 months, and 25 days old.

On June 30, 2021, Abhi defeated GM Leon Luke Mendonca at the Vezerkepzo GM Mix Tournament in Budapest, Hungary to earn the final “norm” on his long path to the Grandmaster title.

Sergey Karjakin’s record for the youngest Grandmaster (GM) in the history of chess had stood unbroken for 19 years–since 2002!

Russia’s Sergey Karjakin was born January 12, 1990, and he set the record when he was 12 years and 7 months old.

Mishra beat Karjakin’s record by 66 days.

Abhimanyu Mishra with short hair in blue US Chess jacket sitting at chess board behind white pieces

How to Earn the Grandmaster Title?

To earn the GM title, a player must reach a rating of at least 2500 and pick up three “norms” along the way.

To earn a “norm,” a player must compete against at least two players from national federations other than his own country and 50 percent of opponents must be titled players with a minimum rating of 2380.

Abhi’s Family

Abhi's family father Hemant, mother Swati and 7 year old sister

Abhi’s parents are IT professionals, working at a data management company and raising two children–Abhi and his younger sister.

They have spent more than $200,000.00 USD supporting 12-year-old Abhi’s dream of becoming the world’s youngest Grandmaster.

Expenses to Date

1. Entry fees plus travel expenses and hotels in large open chess tournaments in the USA during the last 8 years. $40,000.00 USD

2. Entry fees in many closed Grandmaster norm invitational events, some with $800.00 entry fees. $25,000.00 USD

3. Attending elite chess camps by GMs Gelfand, Kramnik, Aagaard, Chuchelov, etc. $20,000.00 USD

4. International trips to tournaments in Europe, Greece, Brazil, Costa Rica, Canada, etc. $10,000.00 USD

5. Individual tutoring sessions with GM Arun Prasad every other day for the past 7 years. $35,000.00 USD

6. Attending Chess Kings & Queens Academy for the past 8 years. 10,000.00 USD

7. Attending current ProChess training. $250.00 USD per month.

8. Powerful computer servers configured at 64 core with 4 RTX2080 for international communications. $10,000.00 USD

9. Books, software, online subscriptions, etc. $8,000.00 USD

10. Attending flexible private schools who accommodate Abhi’s travel and play schedule, helping him to play in more tournaments. $25,000.00 USD for the past 4 years.

Abhi’s Path to Grandmaster Title

Abhimanyu “Abhi” Mishra learned chess at 2.5 years old, and became the youngest USA Expert in history with a USA rating of 2000+ at 7.5 years old.

A younger Abhi with his mother

A younger Abhi with his mother.

At 9.2 years old, Abhi became a USA Master with US rating 2200+.

Abhimanyu Mishra black & white glaring at chess board behind black pieces

An International Master
10 years, 9 months and 3 days old!

In November 2019, Abhi became the youngest International Master (IM) in the history of chess at the age of 10 years, 9 months and 3 days–breaking Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa’s world youngest IM record of 10 years and 10 months by 17 days!

Abhimanyu Mishra color photo really glaring at chess board behind black pieces

Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

Abhimanyu Mishra had openly declared his short-term goal is to break Sergey Karjakin’s world youngest Grandmaster record!

Abhi kept in mind that he became an International Master at 10 years, 9 months and 3 days, whereas Sergey Karjakin did not become an International Master until he was age 11 years and 11 months.

Now, Abhi’s long-term goal is to become the World Chess Champion one day.

Abhi is on his way!

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