P Iniyan crowned India’s 61st chess Grandmaster

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P Iniyan crowned India’s 61st chess Grandmaster

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03/06/2019

16-year old P Iniyan became India’s 61st Grandmaster after he managed to defeat GM Fedorchuk at the ongoing Noisiel Open in France on Tuesday. After pulling off a memorable win against his senior opponent, Iniyan crossed the 2500-point in ELO ratings and secured the Grandmaster title.

Hailing from the small town of Erode, P Iniyan was the first International Master to emerge from his city at a tender age of 14. Many people who kept tabs on his development knew it was only a matter of time till he made the jump to the next stage ever since Iniyan impressed at the World Youth Championships in 2010 when he was just eight years old.

The young lad, now aged 16, finally made the transition from IM to GM after having defeated GM Fedorchuk at the ongoing Noisiel Open in France on Tuesday. Iniyan crossed the 2500-point mark in the ELO ratings which meant that he will now be recognised as a Grandmaster. In doing so, the youngster has become India’s 61st GM and the first GM from the city of Erode in Tamil Nadu.

"It is nice to have the GM tag next to me. I am happy and quite relieved at this point of time. I would like to thanks my sponsors Olirum Erodu Foundation for their support and my school the Indian Public School. My coach K Visweswaran has been with me through and thick and I owe a lot of my success to him," Iniyan told TOI reporters.

Earlier, Iniyan secured his third and final GM norm at the 41st International Barbera del Valles chess tournament at Barcelona in July 2018. However, the teenager was not bestowed with the GM tag as his ELO rating had not passed the 2500 mark. In a bid to increase his ELO rating points, Iniyan came up with commendable shows at the Abu Dhabi meet in August last year. Iniyan followed that up with his fifth GM norm, which came at a tournament in Germany in December 2018.

Prior to these wins, Iniyan burst onto the international scene won his maiden GM norm in the Montcada Open at Spain in July 2017. Six months later, he won his second GM norm at the 34th Bobligen International Grandmasters tournament in Germany.

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