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Chess: Sankalp Gupta becomes India’s 71st Grandmaster

18-year old Sankalp Gupta secured the three required GM norms in just 24 days toachieve the Grandmaster title.

Sankalp Gupta has become India’s 71st Grandmaster by scoring 6.5 points in the GM Ask 3 round-robin event at Arandjelovac in Serbia. He won five games, drew three, and lost one to Rudik Makrarian (Russia) to take second place in the chess tournament.

Sankalp played three tournaments on the trot where his rating performances were at 2599 and above. The teenager from Maharashtra has also touched the 2500 Elo rating mark during the tournament.

Indian Chess legend Viswanathan Anand congratulated Gupta on becoming a GM. “Been a great weekend for Indian chess again ! Congrats to our new entrant … Now how long till we get to our 100th GM??” he tweeted.

The All India Chess Federation also praised Sankalp Gupta. AICF tweeted, “Nagpur based teenager Sankalp Gupta becomes the 71st Grandmaster of the country after completing the requirement to be next GM of the country by securing the final norm at Serbia. AICF congratulate Sankalp for the remarkable achievement.”


About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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