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Judge Dommaraju Gukesh becomes the youngest World Chess Championship challenger ever

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Gukesh D is the youngest person to have qualified to play for the World Chess Championship title. Archive photo: Carina Johansen / NTB

Of NTB | 22.04.2024 05:10:28

Sport: The Indian 17-year-old is, according to chess.com, the youngest ever to have qualified to play for the World Championship title of the International Chess Federation (Fide). He will face China’s Ding Liren later this year.

A draw in the final game against American Hikaru Nakamura was enough to secure victory in the tournament for the Indian, who is usually known only as Gukesh D. Fabiano Caruana – also from the United States – could have secured a tiebreak in the candidate tournament with a win over Russian Jan Nepomnyashchij, but that game also ended in a draw.

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen did not compete in the candidate tournament, even though he was originally on Fide’s participant list. Carlsen said that it was not relevant for him to compete under today’s tournament format. The Norwegian has won the WC five times.

In the women’s candidate tournament, the victory went to Tan Zhongyi from China, who thus gets to challenge compatriot and world champion Ju Wenjun.

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