Abhimanyu Mishra’s Record-Breaking IM Norm

He may look cute and innocent, but don’t be fooled.

Abhimanyu “Abhi” Mishra is an absolute killer at the chessboard.

Mishra and Max Dlugy (photo courtesy subject)

Mishra, age 10, set a record last month when he became the youngest person to record an IM norm, doing so at the age of 10 years, 7 months, and 3 days. He bettered the previous record, held by wünderkind R. Pragganandhaa, by a scant 15 days.

The norm was earned at the Chess Max Academy Summer GM Norm Invitational, which ran from August 3rd through 9th in New York. The event was won by GM Djurabek Khamrakulov from Uzbekistan, who finished with 7/9. Another young American phenom, IM Christopher Yoo, took second with 6/9.

Mishra scored 5/9 to finished tied for fourth place, earning his first IM norm with a final round draw aganst GM Mark Paragua. He provided CLO with this annotated game from the event.

Regular 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 days.

In the weeks since Mishra earned his first norm, he has played in three more tournaments, adding another 25 points to his US Chess rating. The clock is ticking on his attempt to become the youngest IM in history – he has just under two months to do it – but he will get another shot at the Chess Max Academy Fall Norm events, which will take place in New York from November 2nd through 8th.

Women’s Program Director and Senior Digital Editor Jennifer Shahade caught up with “Abhi” last month via e-mail and got to ask him to answer a few questions for CLO.

CLO: Hello Abhi! Congratulations on your norm! What would you like to tell CLO readers?

Abhi: As I mentioned earlier, I am determined to be the youngest ever IM and GM in the world. I have about four months to get the remaining two norms and about two years and one month for GM title. It would not be possible without playing in Europe and playing in many closed norm events. For that I would need some financial support. I request chess enthusiasts to support me at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-abhi-to-become-youngest-ever-im-in-the-world

CLO: Any advice for young players?

Abhi: It is a demanding game. You get good results once you enjoy working hard.

CLO: What was the best moment in your journey so far?

Abhi: Getting my first IM norm last week and setting the world record by a nice margin. (43 days)

CLO: What was the last good chess book or video you saw/read?

Abhi: Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual!

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