Harshit Raja, India’s 69th Chess Grandmaster

Grandmaster (GM) is a title awarded to chess players by the world chess organization FIDE. Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain. The most popular Grandmaster we knew is Viswanathan Anand. Now, India gets a new Grandmaster and he is Harshit Raja.

Harshit Raja, the 20-year-old youngster from Pune Maharashtra, drew his game against Dennis Wagner at the Biel Masters Open 2021 and achieved his final GM norm with one round to spare.

Harshit Raja successfully crossed the barrier of 2500 rating and became India’s 69th grandmaster! Harshit is currently pursuing his dual degree in finance and economics from the University of Mizzou, USA.

During the 2020 pandemic, he managed his academics from home but he headed to the USA now.

All India Chess Federation tweeted, “Congratulations @HarshitRaja1- 69th Grandmaster of the country. Pune-based Harshit Raja completed all the requirements to become the latest Grandmaster of the country after securing his third and final norm at Biel Masters Open 2021.”

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