13 year old Prithu Gupta made us all proud by bagging his maiden Grandmaster norm in the Gibraltar Masters tournament.
This follows the great news earlier after the seventh round game when Prithu completed his third and final International Master norm and also crossed the 2400 rating to complete the formalities of becoming the next International Master of the country. The fact that Prithu achieved his IM norm with two rounds to spare is rare and noteworthy!
Prithu startedhis Gibraltar campaign by drawing with world number 23, GM Le Quang Liem ( rated 2737 from Vietnam) and GM Itturizaga Bonelli Eduardo ( rated 2650 from Venezuela) He followed this by an excellent display of consistency and phenomenal play by remaining undefeated till the 7th round. His victims included French Grandmaster Fabien Libiszewski, and three draw with experienced Grand masters, Anna Muzychuk Anna (Ukraine), Svane Rasmus (Germany) and Perez Ponsa Federico (Argentina). Prithu lost the eighth round but came back strongly to beat IM Christiansen Johan Sebastian of Norway in the ninth round to complete the Grandmaster norm requirements.
Prithu had attained his first IM norm in June, 2017 in “Silverlake Open” in Serbia and second norm in the “Golden Prague chess festival in Prague” in July 2017. He scored 7/9 in the Prague tournament and finished as champion. He crossed the 2300 rating barrier here and got the coveted Fide- Master title.
A student of Modern School, Vasant Vihar, Delhi, Prithu is also a brilliant student academically. Scores of CGPA 10 in all subjects every year is something that the young boy takes in his stride.
The Delhi Chess fraternity congratulates this young gun on his splendid achievement and wish him great success for future endeavours.