V. Prraneeth became Telangana’s sixth and India’s 82nd Grandmaster when he outwitted GM Hans Niemann of US in the penultimate round of Baku Open 2023.
The win against the top seed helped Prraneeth to cross ELO 2500 in the live ratings, 2500.5 to be exact having already earned the third GM norm in the earlier tournament.
The 15-year-old Prraneeth earned his first GM-norm at First Saturday GM March 2022 where he also became an IM and his second GM-norm at Biel MTO in July 2022. Nine months later, he earned his final GM-norm at 2nd Chessable Sunway Formentera Open 2023.
“One dream is fulfilled. It is an unforgettable moment in my career,” a visibly delighted Praneeth informed Sportstar on Sunday.
“Though it is part of my journey to some of the bigger goals, it is a very significant milestone,” he said.
“The immediate targets are crossing the ELO 2500 and then ELO 2700 and obviously the ultimate goal is to win the world championship which I know is not that easy but I will not be found wanting in terms of efforts and hard work,” the young chess talent said.
“One year back, though I had a decent game I was getting into time pressure. But, now slowly improving,” Prraneeth said.
“I was trained by NVS Ramaraju Sir till 2021 before hiring Israel GM in 2022 and he is helping me a lot in analysing the games which has been really helpful,” the Intermediate first year student of Vishwa Chaitanya College said.
“It is good to see so many young GMs from India and I feel this helps Indian chess in a big way,” said the young player who admires Magnus Carlsen and Anatoly Karpov.
“The next big event for me is the Asian Continental championship in Kazakhstan and I hope to do well,” he said.
“Definitely, looking for some kind of sponsorship as you all know it is very challenging to train and compete at the highest level because a lot of travelling is involved. Hope the GM title will get me a sponsor too,” Prraneeth said.
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