Prithu Gupta: A Grandmaster in the making

Prithu Gupta, at a tender age of 13-years, made us all proud by bagging his maiden Grandmaster norm in the Gibraltar Masters tournament.

Prithu is amongst the youngest from Delhi to achieve the title of International Master. While in the process of making his Grandmaster norm, the young lad completed the formalities of becoming an International Master.

The fact that Prithu achieved his IM norm with two rounds to spare is rare and noteworthy and his performance at the Gibraltar open took him to above 2400 ELO rating levels, necessary for the International Master title.

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.

The Grandmaster norm obviously came as a huge bonus and a just reward for the hard work and dedication. It was a very hard road to success as Prithu was playing world class opponents in one of the strongest open tournament in the world.

Prithu started his 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.

With the first Grandmaster norm done, Prithu now needs two more GM norms to become the next Grandmaster of the country. The youngster has trained his sites for more as he would certainly like to emulate the likes of Vishy Anand and join the growing bastion of elite players from India.

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.