Vuppala Prraneeth became India’s 82nd Grandmaster

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  • Vuppala Prraneeth, a 15-year-old chess player from Telangana, has won the Grandmaster title, becoming the 6th from the state and 82nd in India.
  • He achieved this feat by defeating GM Hans Niemann of America during the final round of Baku Open 2023.
  • The win also helped him surpass his Elo rating of 2500, specifically 2500.5.
  • Prraneeth received his first GM-norm and the title of International Master (IM) in March 2022.
  • He earned his second GM-norm in July 2022 at Biel MTO, followed by his final GM-norm in second chess.
  • 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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