Raja Rithvik becomes youngest International Master from Telangana

Rithvik crossed the ELO 2400 to win the coveted title at the age of 14 years and two months.

Raja Rithvik got his first IM norm in 2018 Bangkok Open, second in 2017 Mumbai Mayors Cup and the third in Serbia.   -  Special Arrangement

Raja Rithvik of Telangana has become the youngest International Master from the State after getting the third IM Norm in the Paracin Open international chess championship in Serbia. Rithvik crossed the ELO 2400 to win the coveted title at the age of 14 years and two months.

This 10th standard student of Orchids International School actually needed 19 ELO points during the event in Serbia, but finished with 28 to cross the milestone.

Rithvik, coached by NVS Ramaraju, put up an impressive show in Serbia with a win over English GM Fernandez Howard and then drawing with other two senior GMs Atalik Suat (Turkey) and Lorpariz Shahin (Iran) to finish with five points from seven rounds.

He got his first IM norm in 2018 Bangkok Open, second in 2017 Mumbai Mayors Cup and the third in Serbia. For the record, Rithvik is the fifth IM from the State after M. Chakravarti Reddy, Harsha Bharathakoti, Rahul Srivastav, Erigaisi Arjun.

Rithvik has been making a mark in the chess circuit, having won five gold in the recent Asian youth championship (under-14) winning two gold in the individual category (classical and blitz formats) and three in team events.

His next big events are the Abu Dhabi Grand Masters tournament in August and the Malaysia International Chess Festival in September this year.

Telangana State Chess Association President A. Narasimha Reddy and the general secretary K.S. Prasad congratulated Rithvik on his feat.

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