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.
[pgn]

[Event "Ewing Quads"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.04.14"]
[White "Mishra, Abhimanyu"]
[Black "Dragan, Milovanovic"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[Source "PlyCounter"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8.
Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c4 bxc4 12. Nxc4 Nd4 13. Qa4+ Kf8 14. Bd3
Be6 15. Nce3 Bg5 16. O-O h5 17. f4 exf4 18. Nxf4 Qb6 19. Rae1 Rh6 20. Kh1 Bxf4
21. Rxf4 Nc6 22. Bc4 Bxc4 23. Qxc4 Ne5 24. Qd5 Rc8 25. Ref1 Rf6 26. Rxf6 gxf6
27. Nf5 Qc6 28. Qd2 Nc4 29. Qh6+ Ke8 30. Qxf6 Qxe4 31. b3 Qe2 32. Rc1 Rc5 33.
bxc4 1-0 [/pgn]

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.
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[Event "World Cadets Chess Championship"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.08.25"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mishra, Abhimanyu"]
[Black "Ilamparthi A R"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B76"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. Qe1 e6 11. h4 Ne5 12. h5 dxe4 13. Nxe6 Bxe6 14. Rxd8 Raxd8
15. h6 Bh8 16. Bg5 Rde8 17. fxe4 Nfd7 18. Bb5 a6 19. Ba4 b5 20. Bb3 Nc4 21.
Bxc4 Bxc4 22. Qd2 Nc5 23. Qf2 Nd7 24. Rd1 Ne5 25. Nd5 f6 26. Bf4 g5 27. Bxe5
Rxe5 28. Nb6 Be6 29. Nd7 Bxd7 30. Rxd7 Rf7 31. Qa7 Rxd7 32. Qxd7 a5 33. Qc8+
Kf7 34. Qxh8 Kg6 35. Qg7+ Kh5 36. Qxh7 Kg4 37. Qd7+ Kg3 38. h7 Kxg2 39. h8=Q
Rxe4 40. Qhh3+ Kf2 41. Qd2+ Re2 42. Qh2+ Kf3 43. Qdxe2# 1-0[/pgn]

Comments

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations and good luck wishes! We played about 10 times, and I enjoyed your fighting spirit. Boris Privman

In reply to by Boris Privman (not verified)

Thanks Boris. It is always fun to play with you. All these games were helpful. Abhi

In reply to by Abhimanyu Mishra (not verified)

I was always a big an of you

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

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

In reply to by Sanjana Vittal (not verified)

Thanks Sanjana Abhi

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

CONGRATULATIONS ABHI!!!! Being the youngest master in US is a big achievement! GREAT JOB! Tejas Rama

In reply to by Tejas Rama (not verified)

Thanks Budddy! Abhi

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations Abhimanyu!!!GREAT job and keep the good work!

In reply to by Sheena Chatterjee (not verified)

Thanks

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

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

In reply to by John Moldovan (not verified)

Thanks

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

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

In reply to by Rajiv and Abi … (not verified)

Thanks

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

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

In reply to by Anand Mishra (not verified)

Thanks a lot

In reply to by Anand Mishra (not verified)

Thanks

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations Abhi, way to go. You are inspiration to many.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations Abhi,way to go .your are inspiration to many

In reply to by Tippa Kishore … (not verified)

Thanks

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations Abhi...Keep going!!

In reply to by Geeta N Shah (not verified)

Thanks

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congrats Abhi

In reply to by Shakeela Arunprasad (not verified)

Thanks

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations!!! Good job Abhi and I wish you good luck in setting the IM record Daniel

In reply to by Daniel Girsh (not verified)

Thanks Daniel

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations

In reply to by Akshara vruddula (not verified)

Thanks

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congrats Abhi & Heamat

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations!

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[…] Our youngest National Master in US Chess history, Abhi Mishra scored 6/11 in the same section. At only nine years old, Abhi is five years away from the age limit! […]

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[…] this year was the youngest child to make master in US Chess ratings. NM Abhimanyu Mishra, who set the record last year at a little over nine years old, began the event with a win over a GM in round one (former Olympiad […]

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Nice job Abhi!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

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.

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[…] 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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[…] CLO readers may remember Mishra’s first foray into history making. Last year he became the youngest US Chess master on record, leapfrogging the 2200 barrier at 9 years, 2 months, and 17 […]

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Nice job Abhi!

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