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15-year-old Gukesh becomes the youngest Indian ever to break into World Top 100

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/04/2022

GM D Gukesh beat GM Nino Batsiashvili (GEO) in the third round of 1st Menorca Open 2022. His live rating is now 2651.4. Thus, it makes him the seventh Indian to be in the World Top 100 rankings in live ratings. According to, Vishy Anand first broke into the World Top 100 at the age of 17 years in September 1987. Gukesh became the youngest Indian to break into World Top 100 in the live ratings at the age of 15 years. Ten players are in the lead 3.0/3 including six Indians. They are - Adhiban, Gukesh, Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman, Raunak Sadhwani and Aryan Chopra. Round 4 starts today at 5 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Gukesh keeps creating history

Four days after becoming the first Indian to win La Roda International Open in 48 years, the youngest GM of the country, D Gukesh etches his name in history for another record.

The youngest Indian ever to break into World Top 100 - GM D Gukesh | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Gukesh - Batsiashvili, Round 3

Position after 29.Bg1

White's position might look slightly uncomfortable. The reason behind that is Black's pieces are imposing on the king. 29...Rc2 would have maintained the pressure. However, 29...Rd6 allowed White to alleviate it by exchanging the rooks. 30.Rxc3 Nxc3 31.Rc1 Nb5 is a further mistake as 32.Rc4 forces the exchange of the rooks Rd1+ 33.Kf2 Rd4 is the only way to avoid losing material. Gukesh won the game in another twelve moves.

Gukesh's win over Georgia's top woman, GM Nino Batsiashvili earned him a World Top 100 spot | Photo: Menorca Chess Open

GM Arjun Erigaisi - GM Jose Fernando Jimenez Cuenca (ESP): 1-0 | Photo: Menorca Chess Open

GM Sethuraman - IM Claudio Javier Minzer (ARG): 1-0 | Photo: Menorca Chess Open

GM Nihal Sarin 2.5/3 | Photo: Menorca Chess Open

The tournament hall | Photo: Menorca Chess Open

A total of 137 players including 21 GMs, 12 IMs, a WGM and 2 WIMs are taking part from 25 countries across the world in Group A. The tournament is organized by Menorca Chess Association from 20th to 24th April 2022 at Hotel Princesa Playa, Menorca, Spain. The seven-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes each with 30 seconds increment from move no. 1.

Replay Round 1-3 games

Round 3 results

11GMErigaisi Arjun267521 - 02GMCuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando255814
215IMSosa Tomas255420 - 12GMSantos Latasa Jaime26562
33GMNihal Sarin26482½ - ½2IMIermito Sebastian252516
421GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo25002½ - ½2GMSargsyan Shant26394
55GMGukesh D263721 - 02GMBatsiashvili Nino246324
623IMGrigorian Spartak247020 - 12GMAdhiban B.26336
77GMMartirosyan Haik M.263321 - 02GMDe La Riva Aguado Oscar242926
827FMGarcia Ramos Daniel242920 - 12GMSadhwani Raunak26288
99GMSethuraman S.P.261021 - 02IMMinzer Claudio Javier242728
1029GMRomanishin Oleg M24152½ - ½2GMSantos Ruiz Miguel259710


Round 4 pairings

17GMMartirosyan Haik M.263333GMErigaisi Arjun26751
22GMSantos Latasa Jaime265633GMSethuraman S.P.26109
312GMHeimann Andreas258333GMGukesh D26375
46GMAdhiban B.263333GMAryan Chopra259211
54GMSargsyan Shant26393GMAlonso Rosell Alvar256413
618IMPeng Li Min2517GMNihal Sarin26483
710GMSantos Ruiz Miguel2597GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo250021
816IMIermito Sebastian2525IMKosakowski Jakub245225
922GMNarciso Dublan Marc2477GMNasuta Grzegorz251817
1014GMCuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando25582GMRomanishin Oleg M241529



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