Negi set to become youngest IM

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Parimarjan Negi is set to become the youngest ever International Master after he achieved his third and final IM norm in Spain.

Negi set to become youngest IM

New Delhi:

Twelve-year-old Parimarjan Negi is set to become the youngest ever International Master after he achieved his third and final IM norm in the Sort International Open Chess Tournament in Sort, Spain. Another Indian doing extremely well in the Sort Open was IM Neelotpal Das, who won his maiden Grandmaster norm after finishing a creditable fifth scoring 6.5 points. Das drew his last round game against one of the tournament leaders Vladimir Baklan of Ukraine. Negi played a quick draw with Karen Morsziszian of Armenia in the final round for a tally of five points out of a possible nine and it was enough to fetch him the final norm, according to information received. Making a mark The Delhi boy, who already has an ELO rating of 2376 in the latest FIDE list, will gain some 21 points and will need just three more points to become the youngest IM in the world. If Negi achieves the target of 2400 ELO points in the next list, slated to come out in October, he will become the youngest to achieve the feat. Going by the current form, it should not be an issue for the prodigy, who will next play in the under-12 World Championship beginning in Belford, France on July 19. Negi made his first IM norm at the Bad Wissen tournament in Germany in 2003 and scored the second norm at the Dubai Open Chess festival held in April earlier this year. Das was leading till the seventh round before he slipped losing in the eighth round. Both Das and Negi, who finished 23rd, finished in the prize money bracket. (PTI)

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