Abdusattorov becomes second youngest GM in the history of chess beating Negi's record
Nodirbek Abdusattorov has GM norms from last year's Chigorin Memorial and from Abu Dhabi 2017. And now he's added a third in the Chigorin Memorial in St. Petersburg this weekend. Combined with a rating over 2500 he has met the qualifications for the GM title several months ahead of the previous record held by Parimarjan Negi. The boy is a huge talent and a lot can be expected of him from future. As for now Karjakin's record of 12 years 7 months remains intact and Praggnanandhaa has five months to break it! | Photo: Amruta Mokal
The Chigorin Memorial is clearly going to be a tournament Nordirbek Abdusattorov remembers fondly, having now scored two of his three GM-norms at the annual St. Petersburg event. Two draws in the final two rounds was enough to secure the requisite 2600+ performance rating.
|1||37||215||Ismagilov Damir||2058||2023||RUS||Санкт-Петербург||5,0||w 1|
|2||30||134||Tugarin Anton||2251||2246||RUS||Московская область||4,5||s 1|
|3||19||93||WGM||Belenkaya Dina||2346||2343||RUS||Санкт-Петербург||5,0||w 1|
|4||2||4||GM||Sethuraman S.P.||2632||0||IND||7,5||s 1|
|5||3||19||GM||Vorobiov Evgeny E.||2555||2557||RUS||Москва||6,5||s ½|
|6||6||23||GM||Levin Evgeny A.||2545||2535||RUS||Санкт-Петербург||6,5||w 1|
|7||3||7||GM||Gordievsky Dmitry||2605||2608||RUS||Москва||7,0||s 0|
|8||12||21||GM||Timofeev Artyom||2549||2556||RUS||Республика Татарстан||7,0||w ½|
|9||7||5||GM||Alekseev Evgeny||2622||2622||RUS||Санкт-Петербург||6,5||s ½|
The Guardian's correspondent Leonard Barden predicted this happening in January this year, and sent us his updated thoughts on Abdusattorov's achievement:
"Nodiebek Abdusattorov already looked exceptional when he beat two GMs at Tashkent 2014 when only nine years old. In the 2016 Chigorin Memorial the 11-year-old scored the youngest 2650 GM norm in chess history with impressive strategic play including a Karpovian win against Brazil's Alexander Fier.
Again this week his ultra-patient style brought a key point in his sixth round win over GM Evgeny Levin.
My impression is that he could have achieved his second and third norms still earlier, thus breaking Karjakin's world age record, if he had been given the right opportunities and backing. I already pointed this out in my Guardian article in January this year, which noted that time was running out for the world record and that he needed to play in more GM tournaments in the West. In the event he has had far fewer opportunities than his Indian rival Praggnanandhaa, and his only 2017 event in the West has been the Millenials junior match at Saint Louis where no norms were possible.
One must point the finger at Uzbek chess and sports officials who missed a strong possibility for a landmark achievement which would have given their country favourable publicity in global media. Now, surely, Abdusattorov must be given the chance to show his skills in a major Western event. Tata Steel Wijk Challengers officials, it's over to you.
What of Praggnanandhaa, who has also played in the Chigorin Memorial this week? The Indian prodigy, who has until March 2018 to break Karjakin's record, has a 2500 rating but no GM norms yet. He had serious opportunities in recent months at both Vlissingen and the Isle of Man to make a 2600 GM norm, but faded in the crucial closing rounds. At St. Petersburg this week he has had a form crisis, a below 2300 performance after seven rounds which was worse than his sister, WIM R. Vaishali, who defeated a 2500 IM and reached 5/7 for her career best performance. Praggnanandhaa probably still has a better than even chance of breaking Karjakin's record, but his margin for error has narrowed, and Abdusattorov's breakthrough increases the pressure. The prodigy race is truly on, and should be fascinating to follow in the next few years."
Youngest grandmasters in the history of the game
|1.||Sergey Karjakin||Ukraine||12 years, 7 months, 0 days|
|2.||Nodirbek Abdusattorov||Uzbekistan||13 years, 1 month, 11 days|
|3.||Parimarjan Negi||India||13 years, 4 months, 22 days|
|4.||Magnus Carlsen||Norway||13 years, 4 months, 27 days|
|5.||Wei Yi||China||13 years, 8 months, 23 days|
|6.||Bu Xiangzhi||China||13 years, 10 months, 13 days|
|7.||Samuel Sevian||USA||13 years, 10 months, 27 days|
|8.||Richárd Rapport||Hungary||13 years, 11 months, 6 days|
|9.||Teimour Radjabov||Azerbaijan||14 years, 0 months, 14 days|
|10.||Ruslan Ponomariov||Ukraine||14 years, 0 months, 17 days|
|11.||Awonder Liang||USA||14 years, 1 month|
|12.||Wesley So||Philippines||14 years, 1 month, 28 days|
|13.||Étienne Bacrot||France||14 years, 2 months, 0 days|
|14.||Illya Nyzhnyk||Ukraine||14 years, 3 months, 2 days|
|15.||Maxime Vachier-Lagrave||France||14 years, 4 months|
|16.||Péter Lékó||Hungary||14 years, 4 months, 22 days|
|17.||Jorge Cori||Peru||14 years, 5 months, 15 days|
|18.||Hou Yifan||China||14 years, 6 months, 16 days|
|19.||Jeffery Xiong||USA||14 years, 6 months, 25 days|
|20.||Anish Giri||Russia||14 years, 7 months, 2 days|
|21.||Yuriy Kuzubov||Ukraine||14 years, 7 months, 12 days|
|22.||Bogdan Daniel Deac||Romania||14 years, 7 months, 27 days|
|23.||Dariusz Swiercz||Poland||14 years, 7 months, 29 days|
|24.||Aryan Chopra||India||14 years, 9 months, 3 days|
|25.||Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son||Vietnam||14 years, 10 months|
|26.||Daniil Dubov||Russia||14 years, 11 months, 14 days|
|27.||Ray Robson||USA||14 years, 11 months, 16 days|
|28.||Fabiano Caruana||Italy||14 years, 11 months, 20 days|
|29.||Yu Yangyi||China||14 years, 11 months, 23 days|
This article was originally published on ChessBase.com