Rahul Srivatshav P of Telangana has become India’s 74th Grandmaster, securing the title after breaking the 2500 (Elo points) barrier in live FIDE ratings during the 9th Cattolica Chess Festival 2022 in Italy.

Picture Credits: All India Chess Federation

Rahul Srivatshav, 19, reached the 2500 Elo live rating mark following drawing his 8th round game versus Grandmaster Levan Pantsulaia in the Cattolica event.

His existing Elo rating is 2468. Srivatshav had already achieved 5 GM norms and secured the title when he crossed the rating portal of 2500.

To become a GM, a player has to secure 3 GM norms and cross the live rating of 2500 Elo points.

“India one more step closer to getting 100 Grandmasters! Meet our newest addition to the elite club, 19-year-old Rahul Srivatshav from Telangana, India’s 74th Grandmaster! A big congratulations to Rahul, his coach and family!,” All India Chess Federation president Sanjay Kapoor cited on Twitter.

Bharath Subramaniyam had become the country’s 73rd GM in January. The virtuoso Viswanathan Anand is India’s first GM, which he became back in 1988.

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