Yes, Grandmaster …

August 24, 2018

There’s a new Grandmaster in town and the world of chess couldn’t be more excited. Earlier this summer, then twelve-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa became the world’s second-youngest chess Grandmaster (he missed the title of youngest Grandmaster by just three months). What does it mean to become a Grandmaster? Well, it’s the highest distinction that a professional chess player can achieve—it’s so rare that only 1,618 people in the whole world can claim the title! So, how does someone become a Grandmaster? In order to achieve the title, a player must get three norms, or high-level performance ratings in a tournament, and a rating of at least 2500. Most international tournament players have ratings between 2400 and 2500. Players who rate in the 2500-2700 range are considered Grandmasters and are eligible for the World Championship. Congratulations to Praggnanandhaa for becoming a Grandmaster!