Remember the name Gukesh! This 17-year-old chess wizard from Chennai, India, just made history by becoming the youngest player ever to win the 2024 FIDE Candidates Tournament!  That’s right, folks – the kid’s a champ, going up against the world’s best and coming out on top!

We’ve been following Gukesh’s meteoric rise for years. He’s been a chess prodigy since childhood, winning tournaments and breaking records left and right.  Remember when he became a Grandmaster at the tender age of 12? That’s unheard of!

This Candidates Tournament win is the culmination of all his hard work and dedication. He played like a seasoned veteran, outsmarting and outmaneuvering some of the most experienced players in the world. Chess fans in India are celebrating this victory, and for good reason! Gukesh is a true inspiration, showing that with hard work and passion, anything is possible.

But wait, there’s more! Gukesh’s win means he’ll now get to challenge the current World Chess Champion GM Ding Liren later this year.  This is a huge opportunity for him to make history yet again. The whole country will be behind him, cheering him on as he takes on the chess world’s ultimate challenge.

So, do keep an eye on Gukesh with us! This young champion is just getting started, and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next.

Author: Praveen Sagar
FIDE Arena Grandmaster
Chief Coach & Mentor

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