World’s youngest GM heads line-up for Magnus Academy Challenge

World’s youngest grandmaster Abhimanyu Mishra heads line-up for Magnus Academy Challenge

The new Magnus Academy Challenge, the second stage of Play Magnus Group’s ground-breaking Challengers Chess Tour, kicks off on Saturday with a line-up of top young talent mentored by legend of the game Judit Polgar.

The roster for the round-robin tournament, named after the new Magnus Academy training app, features 15 of the top age-group players in chess and is led by the world’s youngest grandmaster, 13-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra from New Jersey. 

Mishra will go head-to-head with one of the game’s most exciting young talents, Turkish prodigy Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus. The 11-year-old is on course to beat Mishra’s record as the youngest person to get GM status. Mishra was 12 years, 4 months and 25 days when he achieved the grandmaster title.

The new Magnus Academy Challenge line-up

Erdogmus is one of three Turks representing a new rising force in chess. Five Indians are in, including India’s 75th GM Pranav Venkatesh, and two youngsters from Ukraine.

The two-day online blitz chess event runs over 14 rounds from October 8 to 9 and carries a $10,000 prize pot.

Magnus Chess Academy teaches online chess classes and camps to students from all over the United States, as well running in person camps, classes, and scholastic tournaments in several markets in the US.  They’re a recognised leader in chess education.

Adam Weissbarth, the CEO of the academy and a national master said: ‘I’m looking forward to seeing these talented young players compete in a fast, high-stakes environment!’

The Challengers Chess Tour‘s first edition was won by the Indian sensation Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, who has since become a superstar in chess. The series focused on promoting youth and was shortlisted for a prestigious ESG Award for promoting gender equality.

The Challengers Chess Tour 2022 started last month with the first leg, the Julius Baer Challenge, won by Andrey Esipenko. He took home the $2,000 top prize.

Esipenko and runner-up Raunak Sadhwani are now qualified for the Challenger’s Chess Tour Final Four shootout on October 29-30. They will be joined by the top two in the Magnus Academy Challenge round-robin.

In December, the overall 2022 Tour Champion will go on to face 17-year-old Praggnanandhaa, the 2021 Tour Champion, in a finale to the season worth a further $10,000 in prize money. That match, named the Julius Baer Challenger Championship, will be held on-site in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Polgar, the strongest female player in history, will return to the commentary box to give her expert insights on their players along with the popular Spanish Grandmaster Pepe Cuenca and WFM Ellen Nilssen.

Every move of the Magnus Academy Challenge will be streamed live and for free on chess24.com/tour and on chess24’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

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