D Gukesh Makes History as Youngest-Ever Winner of FIDE Candidates Tournament at Age 17

India’s chess prodigy, D Gukesh, etched his name in the annals of chess history by claiming victory in the FIDE Candidates tournament, held in Toronto. The 17-year-old’s triumph marks him as the youngest winner of the prestigious event, surpassing all expectations to secure a spot in the World Championship final.

In a thrilling final round, D Gukesh strategically held fellow contender Hikaru Nakamura to a draw with black pieces, sealing his title win and solidifying his place in chess lore. With this achievement, he follows in the footsteps of Indian chess legend Viswanathan Anand, becoming only the second Indian to qualify for a World Championship final in the classical format.

Gukesh’s remarkable journey to the pinnacle of chess excellence is underscored by his unwavering composure and exceptional performance throughout the tournament. Despite being considered an underdog by many, Gukesh showcased his mettle by winning five games and suffering only one defeat against France’s Alireza Firouzja.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his heartfelt congratulations to Gukesh, emphasizing India’s pride in his historic accomplishment. Modi hailed Gukesh’s victory as a testament to his extraordinary talent and dedication, inspiring millions with his outstanding performance and journey to the top of the chess world.

As Gukesh prepares to face China’s Ding Liren in the World Championship final, his meteoric rise as the youngest-ever winner of the FIDE Candidates tournament serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for aspiring chess players worldwide. D Gukesh’s triumph reaffirms India’s prowess in the realm of chess and highlights the nation’s commitment to nurturing and celebrating excellence in sports.

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