New Delhi – India’s newly-crowned Asian chess champion Parimarjan Negi has become the youngest to win the continental title.
The 19-year-old Negi, who won the Asian title in the Vietnamese capital Ho Chi Minh City Sunday, will now represent Asia in the World Cup series of events of FIDE from where players advance to the World Championship cycle.
Negi is also the third Indian afer Krishnan Sasikaran (2003), Surya Sekhar Ganguly (2009) and Pendyala Harikishna (2011) to win the Asian title.
During the Asian Championship, Negi led most of the while. He lost two games, rounds two and nine. He drew the final round but was declared champion on tie-break.
Negi has smoothly moved into higher gear and is now reaching new and higher peaks. His current rating is 2640 and would be settling above the 2650-mark soon. That is an important number since he will walk into any Indian team if he is above that rating mark.
Negi has won a number of events and in 2010 was the Indian national champion. He won major events like the Philadelphia International in 2008 and the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen in 2009.
Negi’s achievements came when he was young. At 13 years, 4 months and 22 days, he became the second youngest Grand Master ever after Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine. Negi remains a feared Grand Master around the world for his deep preparation and research in the opening phase.