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    Parimarjan Negi becomes the world's youngest Grand Master

    04.07.06: 13 year old Delhi boy Parimarjan Negi has become the world's youngest Grand Master, and the second youngest in the history of the game. He achieved that milestone by winning the third and final Grandmaster norm at the Chelyabinsk Region Super final GM Tournament in Russia. On Saturday, Negi had a draw with the Russian Grand Master Ruslan Sherbakov and finished with six points from nine rounds of the Chelyabinsk Region Superfinal chess tournament in Satka. This was Negi's third and final GM norm. He entered the Chelyabinsk Region tournament with the ELO rating of 2445, won six out of nine points. That was enough to win him the honour and to take his rating above 2500, which was also a requirement for the title of the grandmaster. By becoming a GM at the age of 13 years and 142 days, Negi took away the title of being the youngest GM from Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who had became a GM at the age of 13 years and 147 days in April 25, 2004 in Dubai. Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine holds the record of being the youngest GM ever after making the title at the age of 12 years and seven months in 2002. In India, Negi has replaced P. Harikrishna's record of being the youngest GM (15 years and 99 days in August 2001), who had followed Vishwanathan Anand (14-year-old record of 18 years and 19 days). Parmarhajn is the 15th Indian to become a grandmaster, and also the youngest grandmaster in the world after Sergei Karjakin of Ukraine, who attained that level at the age of 12 years and seven months.