22 May 2024

Ivan Zemlyanskii Becomes Youngest Russian Grandmaster

Round 8 finished in Sharjah.

Photo credit: Vladimir Barsky
Photo credit: Vladimir Barsky

Round 8 of the traditional festival finished in Sharjah. Leading with 6 points in the main Masters tournament are Bardiya Daneshvar (Iran), Sam Shankland (USA), and Volodar Murzin (Russia), who has caught up with the leaders.
Ivan Zemlyanskii, Vladislav Artemiev, Arseniy Nesterov, and Andrey Esipenko have 5, 4.5, 4 and 3 points respectively
In the Challengers tournament, Leya Garifullina has joined the leader Divya Deshmukh - the Russian and the Indian are now sharing 6.5 points out of 8.
Already after Round 8, Ivan Zemlyanskii has made his final grandmaster norm (his fourth one, but one norm must be made in the "Swiss" tournament) and the next FIDE Congress will make him the owner of the highest chess title. Zemlyanskii is the youngest grandmaster in the history of our country, he is not yet 14 years old (the rising star will celebrate his birthday on 31 August). The young player's result is among the top ten achievements of chess prodigies of all times.
The Chess Federation of Russia congratulates Ivan Zemlyanskii, his coach Jaroslav Prizant, the player's family and friends on this great achievement!

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