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Chess Candidates: Gukesh becomes the youngest winner and will compete for the world title

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17-year-old grandmaster D Gukesh created history as he became the youngest man to win the prestigious Candidates Tournament. The victory will allow him to challenge the reigning world champion, China’s Ding Liren, for the crown later this year.

Gukesh collected nine out of a possible fourteen points here after his draw in the final round against the American Hikaru Nakamura. He became only the second Indian, after the great Viswanathan Anand, to win the candidates.

The Indian needed the final match between Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi and top-seeded American Fabiano Caruana to end in a draw and this is exactly how it played out.

Had either of these two players won, the tournament would have required a tie-break as Gukesh and the winner would have taken the joint lead. Gukesh has been making waves for some time after becoming the third youngest in chess history to achieve the title of Grandmaster at the age of twelve.