New Delhi: Thirteen-year-old child prodigy Parimarjan Negi's biggest claim to fame came earlier this year when he became the second youngest grand master in the world. The remarkable achievement is placed into perspective when one considers that this is what Vishwanathan Anand achieved at the age of 18 and P Harikrishna earned the title at 15. "Now that I've achieved the Grandmaster title, I'm a little relieved. Now I have to work harder, earn more points. Vishwanathan Anand called me after I earned the grandmaster title, he always encourages me and is always inspiring me," said Parimarjan Negi, World's Youngest Grandmaster. In fact, it is not just Anand who has taken notice of young Parimarjan. The Delhi Chess Association is no doubt proud of this 8th standard student as are his sponsors TATA's and Air India. Moreover, all the others who have been nurturing his rare talent from the time he was just out of his diapers are also proud of his achievement. "These days the basic amenities that kids need are a laptop and a database. I don't think Anand had that when he was a kid, but Parimarjan is a grandmaster at 13, so in a way he is five years ahead. Whatever it is, he is on the right path," said Vishal Sareen, Parimarjan's Coach. The next target for young Parimarjan is to work on his ELO rating and to make sure that he continuously sets higher standards for himself.
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