Rising Star

After winning the title of youngest-ever Candidates winner, 17-year-old Indian prodigy Gukesh D reflects on his journey and aspirations. He is now focusing on attaining the pinnacle of chess mastery rather than pursuing youth records. Gukesh has achieved remarkable feats, becoming India’s youngest grandmaster at the age of 12 years and seven months, and surpassing Vishwanathan Anand as India’s top-ranked player after 36 years. What sets Gukesh apart is his unconventional approach to the game. He trusts his instincts over computer-engine suggestions and displays composure and strategic patience on the board, which have been pivotal in securing his victories. His steady performance throughout the tournament serves as an exemplar of his skill.

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