Bharat Subramaniam, a resident of Chennai, is the first Indian chess player to achieve the status of Grandmaster in 2022. He achieved this feat in the tournament in Italy.
2022 has started well for India in the world of chess. India’s 14-year-old chess player Bharat Subramaniam has achieved the status of Grandmaster. He is the first player from India to become the Grandmaster this year. At the same time, he is the 73rd Indian player to achieve this most special achievement in the history of chess.
Chennai’s young chess star Bharat achieved his third and final grandmaster norm on Sunday, 9 December, finishing seventh in a tournament in Italy. He scored 6.5 points in nine rounds of the tournament held in Cattolica, Italy. In this way, along with meeting the third grandmaster norm, he also achieved the required 2,500 (ELO) points.
Bharat achieved his first Grandmaster norm after finishing 11th at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow in February 2020. He achieved the second criterion after finishing fourth in the Junior Roundtable Under-21 tournament in Bulgaria with 6.5 points in October 2021.
In the tournament played in Cattolica, Bharat won 6 matches, while there was a draw. He had to face defeat against India’s MR Lalit Babu and top seed Anton Korobov of Ukraine. Lalit Babu won the tournament with 7 points. He won the title on the basis of a better tie-break score after leveling with three other players including Anton Korobov.