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Know D Gukesh, The Youngest Challenger From India Makes History In Chess world

India's 17-year-old Grandmaster D Gukesh created history by winning the Candidates Chess Tournament here and became the youngest challenger for the world title. 

Later this year he will face current world champion Ding Liren of China for the crown.

Gukesh earned nine points out of a possible 14 here after drawing his final round game against American Hikaru Nakamura. 

He became the second Indian after the great Vishwanathan Anand to win the candidates. Five-time world champion Anand's victory came in 2014.

Anand posted on X "Very proud of Roop. Enjoy this moment." To congratulate the young man who likes him, he is also from Chennai.

The Indian needed the last game between Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi and top-seeded American Fabiano Caruana to end in a draw and that's exactly how things worked out. If either of these two players had won, the tournament would have required a tie-break as Gukesh and the winner would have been in joint lead. 

Gukesh has been making waves for quite some time now and became the first player in the history of chess to win the Grandmaster title at the age of 12. 

He has become the third youngest player to do so. Last year, he had won a silver medal in the Hangzhou Asian Games. The dates and venue of the World Championship have not been decided yet.

Russian chess great Garry Kasparov has lauded India's teenage Grandmaster D Gukesh for becoming the youngest player to challenge for the World Championship, saying the win brought about an 'Indian earthquake in Toronto' and is a major milestone in world chess. There is a sign of big change. Seventeen year old Gukesh broke the record made by Kasparov 40 years ago

The Russian was 22 when he qualified to face compatriot Anatoly Karpov for the world title in 1984, becoming the youngest challenger at that time.

Kasparov wrote on 'X', indirectly referring to Russia's dominance in the past, 'Congratulations! 'The Indian earthquake in Toronto signals a change in the chess world as 17-year-old D Gukesh will face defending champion Ding Liren of China for the supreme title.' This win makes Gukesh eligible to face defending world champion Liren in the last quarter of the year.

In another social media post, Kasparov highlighted the change in chess powerhouses, saying, 'Look at the names of many of the top junior players from the US and England to see what immigrants from China and India have achieved in chess. Are equally passionate. Kasparov, the undisputed world champion from 1985 to 1993, wrote, 'The Kasparov Chess Foundation has seen this wave grow and Gukesh's success will take it even higher.' 

Following a dispute with the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Kasparov founded a rival organization, the Professional Chess Federation. He was world number one for a record total of 255 months, from 1984 until his retirement from regular competitive chess in 2005.