Meet Abhimanyu Mishra, Our Youngest Ever US Chess Expert

abhi_2016Abhimanyu Mishra from New Jersey became the youngest ever expert at the age of seven years, six months and 22 days, beating Awonder Liang’s record by almost six months, who became an expert and eight years and seven days.

Abhimanyu broke the 2000 barrier at a quad in Hamilton, NJ and gained some more rating points at the New Jersey Open over Labor Day weekend.

Recently, Mishra won the ChessKid National Invitational, despite playing up a section! (He was eligible for the 6 and Under at the time, and played the 8 and Under.)

The young record breaker was also featured earlier this year in the New Yorker Magazine, where he was one of the last players to survive in a simultaneous exhibition conducted by Fabiano Caruana, earning the “Fighting Spirit Award.”

Abhimanyu’s goal is to become the youngest Grandmaster in the World. His coaches are GMs Arun Prasad and Magesh Panchanathan at Chess Kings and Queens Academy in NJ.

Here is a recent (five hour long!) victory from Mishra at the New Jersey Open, where he further solidified his expert title by picking up a few more points. This tournament was also featured by Al Lawrence in our Labor Day round-up. 


  1. I hope Abhimanyu will grow up to be a well-rounded and self-actualized individual. And, of course, a terribly strong chess player.

  2. Quiet good opening knowledge, amazing far ahead of age ablity in calculation and position recognition, this kid certainly has mad talent. Let’s wait and see if a 7 or 8 year old youngest ever US National Master will become next headline shortly.

  3. I played him 2 years ago when he was either 5 or 6 at about 1600.
    I won, but just barely. I would not even be able to come close in a game now.
    However, I have become one of his biggest fans and am pulling for him constantly.
    He is a very calm player, which is unusual for someone of his age.

    I would like to see him become world champion someday.
    Good Luck Always!!

  4. Wow Abhi! That is very great!
    Even though I drew you very recently,(we played 22 times) Good Luck to all your tournaments! I hope you can become Youngest Master!! – Tejas Rama

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