Quest to GM Complete: Akshat Earns Final Norm in Saint Louis


Akshat Chandra, Photo STL Chess Club

Congrats to 17-year-old Akshat Chandra of Quest to GM, who recently earned his final GM norm at the Autumn Invitational at the Saint Louis Chess Club (Nov 17-22). He finished the event with 6.5/9, joint first with GM Priyadharshan Kannappan.

Chandra wrote an in-depth piece on his blog, now re-named “” with annotated games on his victory. His victims in the 10-player round robin included GM Ben Finegold, IM Aman Hambleton and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.

Chandra is also active on twitter and wrote after his victory.

He also contributed a piece for the Saint Louis Public Radio on his feat.


Akshat Chandra, now a Saint Louis resident, here facing US Champ Fabiano Caruana. Photo Saint Louis Chess Club at the 2016 US Championships.

Find more games and details on the event at 


  1. A very instructive game on how to play against this type of structure. 31.Rf5! was a nice finishing touch. Congratulations GM-elect Chandra!

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