Neelotpal becomes 13th Indian GM

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Neelotpal Das was on Saturday officially declared the 13th chess Grandmaster of India by FIDE, the world governing body.

Neelotpal becomes 13th Indian GM

New Delhi:

Neelotpal Das was today officially declared the 13th chess Grandmaster of India by FIDE, the world governing body.Wonderkid Parimarjan Negi also became the country's youngest-ever International Master. Himanshu Sharma of Haryana was also awarded the title at FIDE's conference held on the sidelines of the Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy. However, the case of Deepan Chakravarthy, who secured his third GM norm at the recent National 'A' championships in Hyderabad, would be referred to the FIDE technical committee as the Tamil Nadu player is still to officially attain the required ELO rating points for the title. Neelotpal had bagged his third and final GM norm at the 29th International Open Chess tournament at Spain's San Sebastian earlier this year. Neelotpal, who had tied for first place with four other GMs gleaning seven points in the nine-round tourney, had got both his earlier norms in Spain last year at the Sort International Open and Benasque International Open. Delhi boy Negi, who had become the youngest Indian to hold three International Master norms after the Sort Open, also hold two GM-norms and an ELO rating above 2500. Himanshu, who got his maiden International Master norm during the Asian individual championship at Hyderabad last October, completed his third and final norm in Delhi in January. (PTI)



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