Chess: Vignesh and Visakh created history, India's first grandmaster pair of brothers
Feb 20, 2023 at 06:47 pm
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India's chess player Vignesh NR has become the 80th Grandmaster of India and also won the 24th Nordwest Cup 2023 by defeating Germany's IM Ilja Schneider.
After crossing 2,500 in the live ratings, the Chennai player has put in a stellar performance.
Vignesh's elder brother Visakh NR became India's 59th Grandmaster in the year 2019. Thus Visakh and Vignesh are the first pair of brothers from India to become Grandmasters.
Vishak is happy with his brother's performance
ChessBase India Quoting Visakh, he congratulated his brother on his excellent performance and said, "It is great to see that finally my brother has become a Grandmaster. This is his first step towards a higher level. We both will improve our game more." And play well."
Visakh is also an employee of the Indian Railways. He has to leave for his next tournament 8th Noisial Open 2023 in France.
Vignesh's journey to becoming a Grandmaster
Vignesh won his first Grandmaster Norm at the 2015 Qatar Masters at the age of 17.
A year and a half later, he achieved his second Grandmaster norm in 2017 at the 24th Abu Dhabi Masters.
He achieved his final Grandmaster norm earlier at Gujarat GM Open 2018.
In the Asian Continental 2019, he won the fourth Grandmaster Norm in China.
India's golden era in chess
India's young chess player R Praggnananda defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen last year.
The 16-year-old player did this feat in the 'Chessable Masters' tournament.
After this, D Gukesh also defeated Carlsen in the Mches Rapid Online tournament. The 16-year-old Gukesh had achieved a historic feat. He became the youngest player to beat Carlsen and broke Praggnananda's record.
Who is the greatest player of Indian chess?
India's greatest player in chess is Viswanathan Anand. He has won almost every prize that can be won in chess.
In March 2011, he achieved a rating of over 2,800, becoming the fourth player to do so.
Anand has been a 5-time classical world chess champion. He has defended the world championship 4 times. He was the number one player for 21 months, which is the sixth longest.
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