Teenager Rahul Srivatshav becomes India’s 74th grandmaster

Rahul Srivatshav P of Telangana has become India’s 74th Grandmaster, winning the title after breaking the 2500 (Elo points) barrier in the live FIDE ratings at the 9th Cattolica Chess Festival 2022 in Italy.

The 19-year-old hit the 2500 Live Elo mark after drawing in the 8th round against grandmaster Levan Pantsulaia at the Cattolica event. His current Elo rating is 2,468. Srivatshav had already achieved five GM standards and earned the title when he broke the 2,500 rating threshold on Friday.

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To become a GM, a player must achieve three GM standards and cross the live rating of 2500 Elo points. “India takes one step closer to achieving 100 Grandmasters! Meet our newest addition to the elite club, 19-year-old Rahul Srivatshav from Telangana, India’s 74th Grandmaster! Big thumbs up to Rahul, his coach and his family!”, All India Chess Federation President Sanjay Kapoor tweeted on Saturday.

Bharath Subramaniyam became the country’s 73rd chief executive in January. The legendary Viswanathan Anand is India’s first chief executive, becoming in 1988.

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