Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin extended congratulations to the 17-year-old teenage prodigy D Gukesh, who ended Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand‘s 37-year reign as India’s top chess player in the live world rankings.
Stalin Praises Gukesh’s Achievement
- Stalin took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to praise and congratulate Gukesh on his incredible achievement of entering the top 10 of world (FIDE) rankings for the first time.
- Gukesh’s determination and skill have propelled him to the top echelon of chess, making him the highest-rated Indian player.
- His achievement is an inspiration to young talents everywhere and a proud moment for Tamil Nadu.
Gukesh Overtakes Anand
“Gukesh D won again today and has overcome Viswanathan Anand in live rating! There is still almost a month till the next official FIDE rating list on September 1, but it’s highly likely that the 17-year-old will be making it to top 10 in the world as the highest-rated Indian player,” tweeted the International Chess Federation (FIDE).
Gukesh’s Recent Performance
- Gukesh defeated Mistradin Iskandarov in the second round of the FIDE World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- He achieved a live rating of 2755.9, moving up to world number 9 in the classic open category.
- Anand, who had a score of 2754.0, dropped to tenth place.
Rare Achievement for Anand
Anand has only dropped to second place in the live world rankings twice since 1986.
Gukesh’s Rising Stardom
Gukesh’s outstanding performance has captivated the chess world, and all eyes are now on his upcoming encounter against an Azerbaijani opponent.
- A draw in this vital match will advance Gukesh to the second round.
- Another victory will put him ahead of Anand in both the live ratings and the world rankings.
- He is also close to Alireza Firouzja, one of the brightest emerging talents in the chess world, who is not competing in Baku.
Joining the Top 10 in the World
Gukesh becomes the third Indian to enter the top 10 in the world, after Anand and Pentala Harikrishna.