Prodigy D Gukesh Receives Triumphant Welcome in Chennai After Historic Chess Victory

Indian teen chess prodigy D Gukesh received a hero's welcome upon his return after winning the Candidates Chess Tournament in Toronto, becoming the youngest challenger for the world title. Hundreds greeted him at the airport, celebrating his historic achievement. Gukesh, now 17, became the first Indian after Viswanathan Anand to win the tournament, earning a chance to face world champion Ding Liren. Known for his impressive consistency, Gukesh has broken records throughout his career, including becoming India's youngest Grandmaster at 12. His current FIDE rating of 2743 places him among the world's top chess players.

PTI | Chennai | Updated: 25-04-2024 04:05 IST | Created: 25-04-2024 04:05 IST
Prodigy D Gukesh Receives Triumphant Welcome in Chennai After Historic Chess Victory
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History-making teen Indian Grandmaster D Gukesh was swamped by fans as he returned to the country here on Thursday after becoming the youngest challenger to the world title by winning the Candidates Chess Tournament in Toronto.

Hundreds of students from the Velammal Vidyalaya, the school where Gukesh studies, lined up at the airport at least one hour before his flight landed to greet their 17-year-old fellow student.

A sizeable general crowd also built up as his arrival time drew closer and the area around the arrival gate was jam-packed in no time.

The youngster walked out at around 3am and he was immediately flanked by the jubilant mass. In no time, he had garlands around his neck even as the police jostled to escort him out safely.

''I feel very happy for this homecoming, this is a special achievement. I was in a good space since the beginning of the tournament, I had full confidence that I will emerge top in this tournament and luck was on my side as well,'' Gukesh said while talking to the media at the airport.

''It's good to see so many people enjoy chess...I thank the Tamil Nadu government. I thank my Appa, Amma, coach, friends, family, sponsor and my school for being alongside me and playing an amazing role in helping me win this tournament,'' he added.

On Monday, Gukesh became the first Indian after the great Viswanathan Anand to win the Candidates Tournament, which is held specifically to decide the challenger for the reigning world champion.

He became the youngest ever challenger for the title, bettering the record created by the legendary Garry Kasparov 40 years ago.

The triumph entitles Gukesh to a clash against reigning world champion Ding Liren of China in the last quarter of the year.

Among the players Gukesh beat in Candidates was the 18-year-old R Praggnanandhaa, another prodigal talent to emerge from the city.

Gukesh has been making waves for quite a while now. He became India's youngest Grandmaster at 12 years, seven months and 17 days in January 2019.

Currently, he has a FIDE rating of 2743, while his peak rating happens to be 2758, which he attained last September.

Gukesh is 16th in the FIDE Rankings at present, while his best ranking to date happens to be eighth, which he reached last September.

Among his top recent performances was a silver medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games last year in the men's team category.

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