Aditya Mittal became India’s 77th Chess Grandmaster during an ongoing tournament in Spain. The 16-year-old from Mumbai had already achieved all three criteria required to become a Grandmaster and crossed the 2,500 Elo mark during the sixth round of the ongoing Alobregat Open tournament in Spain.
He achieved this feat by playing out a draw against top-ranked Spanish player Francisco Vallejo Ponce.To become a Grandmaster, a player needs to achieve 2,500 ELO points in the live ratings, in addition to meeting the three Grandmaster criteria. Mittal achieved his maiden Grand Master norm at the Serbia Masters 2021.
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He then achieved his second Grandmaster Norm at the Alobregat Open 2021 and then his third at the Serbia Masters 2022. He is joint top of the table with five other players with five points so far at the Alobregat Open. Mittal is the fifth Indian to win the Grandmaster title in 2022 after Bharat Subramaniam, Rahul Srivastava, V Pranav V and Pranav Anand.