At 12, Erdogmus becomes the youngest grandmaster in history.

At 12, Erdogmus becomes the youngest grandmaster in history.

The 12-year-old Turkish chess prodigy IM Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus has become the youngest grandmaster in history, making history a record four times as young as he did. On Monday, he achieved his third grandmaster norm in Germany; his title is awaiting FIDE certification. Additionally, Erdogmus is about to shatter a 35-year-old rating record.

The GRENKE Chess Open was won by GM Hans Niemann with some ease, but a 12-year-old prodigy stole the show and demonstrated why he is currently one of the top prospects in the chess world.

Erodogmus, who received seven points from the nine rounds, placed twenty-first in the competition. Against world number nine, GM Arjun Erigaisi, he won six games, drew twice, and only lost one.

Erodogmus, who received seven points from the nine rounds, placed twenty-first in the competition. Against world number nine, GM Arjun Erigaisi, he won six games, drew twice, and only lost one.

Erdogmus now has an unofficial rating of 2553, an increase of 13 rating points. He is very close to the record 2555 rating, set by GM Judit Polgar when he was 12 years old in 1989—the highest rating ever for a player under 13. The Menorca Open, which got underway on the Spanish island on Tuesday, may see the Turkish prodigy surpass the mark the following week.

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