Teen Sensation Gukesh Makes History: Youngest Candidate to Challenge for World Chess Crown

Gukesh is only the second Indian, following in the footsteps of Viswanathan Anand, to win the Candidates Chess tournament, marking a significant milestone a decade after his mentor’s triumph.

Gukesh Dommaraju
Gukesh Dommaraju becomes the youngest man ever to win the prestigious Candidates tournament.

Seventeen-year-old Grandmaster Gukesh Dommaraju has made history as the youngest man ever to win the prestigious Candidates tournament, securing the opportunity to challenge for the World Championships later this year.

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Hailing from India, Gukesh clinched the title after finishing as the sole leader in the gripping 14-round tournament held in Toronto, Canada. Now, he is set to face off against Ding Liren, the reigning world champion, in a bid for the world title.

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In the final round, Gukesh drew his match against Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of the USA, a result that sealed his victory in the Candidates tournament. The tense draw between Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi added to the excitement, culminating in loud cheers from the crowd at the Great Hall in Toronto, celebrating Gukesh’s remarkable achievement.

With this win, Gukesh has the chance to become the youngest world champion, aiming to surpass the achievements of Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov, who were both 22 when they claimed the title.

Notably, Gukesh is only the second Indian, following in the footsteps of Viswanathan Anand, to win the Candidates Chess tournament, marking a significant milestone a decade after his mentor’s triumph.

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Viswanathan Anand, legendary in the world of chess, congratulated Gukesh on social media, praising his ability to navigate challenging situations throughout the tournament, evident in his final-round draw against Nakamura.

Gukesh‘s journey to victory reflects his remarkable talent and determination, evident since he became a Grandmaster at the age of 12. His rise to the top of Indian chess, surpassing even his mentor in 2023, culminated in his impressive performance at the Candidates tournament, where he overcame a slow start to emerge victorious.

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