Nihal Sarin becomes third youngest to cross 2600 on FIDE rating list

He is also India's youngest ever to reach the milestone, beating the record set by Parimarjan Negi in 2009 as a 15-year-old.

Nihal Sarin, at 14, is ranked 240th in the world and he had played Indian legend Viswanathan Anand at the Tata Steel Chess India 2018.   -  Getty Images

India's Nihal Sarin became the world's third youngest player to cross 2600 Elo points on FIDE's rating list. In the latest list released by FIDE on Saturday, the 14-year-old from Kerala has 2606 points.

He is also India's youngest ever to reach the milestone, beating the record set by Parimarjan Negi in 2009 as a 15-year-old.

Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand is ranked No. 9 in the world, not a mean feat for a 49-year-old. Pendyala Harikrishna is the next-best ranked Indian at No. 25.

Three other Indians -- Vidit Gujarati, B. Adhiban and Krishnan Sasikiran – are in the top 100. Nihal is ranked at No. 240.

World champion Magnus Carslen of Norway continues to be the World No. 1, followed by Fabiono Caruana (US), Ding Liren (China), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and Anish Giri (Netherlands).

India's Koneru Humpy is the World No. 4 among women, behind the Chinese duo of Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun and Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine. Dronavalli Harika is ranked No. 14.

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