Abhimanyu Mishra Youngest US Chess Master Ever

Abhimanyu “Abhi” Mishra

Abhimanyu “Abhi” Mishra made history this week, becoming the youngest US Chess master ever. And then he ate ice cream.

Mishra broke the magic 2200 barrier at 9 years, 2 months and 17 days, besting the previous record held by Liran Zhou of 9 years, 3 months and 22 days. Abhi clinched the honor on April 22, at the South Jersey Chess Club Action Quad in Marlton, NJ. Afterwards, he celebrated at Cold Stone Creamery, where he ordered the “Birthday Cake Remix” and “Our Strawberry Blonde”. Mishra told US Chess that his favorite game on his final stretch to the NM title was in a quad a week prior, also in New Jersey.

Mishra faced World Championship challenger Fabiano Caruana in a 2016 simul, as described in the New Yorker: “Among the very last players to be eliminated—and the only one to survive beyond his bedtime—was Abhimanyu Mishra, six years old, who had been taking swigs from a Lightning McQueen water bottle.” With the wisdom of a few more years of chess study and practice, Abhi revealed his impressions of Fabiano:

 I think Fabiano is the only player in the world currently who can beat Magnus. I like his positional play.

Chess at the top level needs some excitement in the form of a new World Champion. People are getting tired seeing Magnus not getting tough resistance.

Abhi’s chess hero is Garry Kasparov, for his attacking play and high win % with black, “I hope to work with him one day.”

Mishra praised his amazing coaches, GM Arun Prasad S and Magesh Panchanathan, as well as the intense US Chess School sessions he attended.

Abhi at a US Chess School session in November, 2016

After celebrating with his coaches and friends at Kings and Queens Chess Academy, Abhi’s plans to work on becoming the youngest IM in the World, a record currently held by IM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa.

It means a lot to become the youngest master in US Chess history. It gives me confidence to chase down the youngest IM and GM in the World records, which will require lots of pushing and hard work.

Mishra’s favorite game in his short but illustrious career is this victory, played at the World Cadet Championships, where he earned the silver medal.


  1. Congratulations and good luck wishes!

    We played about 10 times, and I enjoyed
    your fighting spirit.

    Boris Privman

  2. Congratulations, Abhi !!! To be the youngest ever US Master is really a great achievement. Good luck for the future.

  3. Congratulations Abhi, on your record achievement!! All of us at the Westfield Chess Club wish you even greater accomplishments in the future.

  4. Congratulations Abhi on this wonderful achievement! Wishing you greater success in the future! Keep enjoying the game.

  5. Congratulations Abhi! As the TD of the quads that day in Marlton which put you over the top to achieve the record, I am grateful to you for getting to be part of history. Here’s to you, your family, your amazing coaches, and chess support folks here and abroad) to a record well deserved. Will always be rooting for you. Best Regards,
    Anand Mishra

  6. this is really cool and I think that if this person is to continue to be almost the greatest chess master in the world that this shows perseverance always wins.

  7. […] The World Cadet is currently underway in China, with 75 players representing US Chess. Our top scorer so far is Liran Zhou, who has 5.5/6 in the Open Under 12. Liran broke the record for the youngest US Chess master ever in 2017, broken in 2018 by Abhi Mishra (who played in the US Masters instead of the Cadets).  […]

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