Hetul Shah Makes History in Chess

New Delhi
Hetul Shah Makes History in Chess
India now has more than just Vishwanathan Anand to celebrate in the world of chess. The youngest in the world to ever beat a Grand Master is a 9- year old boy from Gujarat, Hetul Shah.

It took him 44 moves with regular time control to bring down GM Nurlan Ibrayev (Kazachtstan) in the seventh Parsvnath International Open chess tournament held on Sunday.

One pawn sacrifice by Ibrayev, rated almost 600 points above, is all it took for Hetul to spot the chance. The GM then sacrificed another pawn but Hetul held on to the advantage and forced him to give up his queen. Rated 1817, Hetul then moved his central pawn forward and forced Ibrayev to give up.

Hetul’s record of being the youngest ever to beat a GM was later confirmed by Bharat Singh Chauhan, the All India Chess Federation treasurer and organiser confirmed from the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

Earlier, Parimarjan Negi from Delhi held the record when at the age of 11 years and 5 months, he defeated Switzerland’s Ivan Nemet in the Biel Masters in 2004. And surprisingly enough, Negi is also Hetul's 'hero'.

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